Lauren Ashton Cellars was founded in 2009 by Kit Singh. A Dentist by profession, Kit’s passion for wine was fueled by trips to Napa, Sonoma and Europe’s best known wine regions. Kit’s enology background includes classes at UC Davis and Seattle Community College along with an internship at Delille Cellars.
The inspiration for the name of the winery was Kit’s two children, Ashley Lauren and Ashton Troy. The packaging for the wines is impressive. The black and white pictures on the labels are from buildings in Estonia where Singh’s partner, Riinu Rammal, is from.
I was fortunate enough to recently try the wineries new releases.
2014 Lauren Ashton Roussanne – Lightly straw colored. 13.5% ABV. Refreshing nose of lemon oil, honey and flowers. Light and delicate with medium acidity. Pears, lemon zest, green apple and spice on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Delicious wine that will show it’s best paired with fish, chicken or pork off the grill. Drink over the next year or so. $25 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.
2012 Lauren Ashton Cuvee Mirabelle – Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Not giving much on the nose yet but with time in the glass aromas of red fruits, black pepper and flowers emerge. Medium body with tons of acidity. Cherries, spice, iron and cocoa on the palate. The finish lingers for oh so long. The wine needs a little time in the cellar then can be drunk over the next 4-6 years. Lots of potential. $50 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.
The Woodinville tasting room is open Thursday thru Sunday from 1pm to 5pm and is a worthwhile stop on your next winery excursion. The wines sampled above will be available in mid June.
These reviews were based on a samples provided by the winery.
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