Bottle Notes, Syrah

2011 Lauren Ashton Cellars Reserve Syrah – Bottle Notes

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.

This bottle was decanted for several hours.

Opaque purple in color. 14.5% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, cocoa powder, espresso and smoke. Rich and full bodied with medium acidity. Black cherry, currants, cassis and olives on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Delicious Syrah that will be at it’s best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The Woodinville tasting room is open Thursday thru Sunday from 1pm to 5pm and is a worthwhile stop on your next winery excursion.

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