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 try a few of the upcoming releases.
2020 Lauren Ashton Cuvee Meline – A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Straw colored and 12.3% ABV. Charming nose of pear, green apple, grass and flowers. Medium body with bright acidity. Crisp and refreshing. Pineapple, lemon and spice on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. This should be absolutely delightful this Spring and Summer. $28 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.
2015 Lauren Ashton Proprietor’s Cuvee – A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Tremendous nose of black fruits, graphite, licorice and leather. Full bodied with tremendous acidity. Well balanced. Currants, cassis, plums and tobacco on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish with notable tannins. The wine has an old world feel to it that is really appealing. Built for the long haul. Best over the next 4-6 years. $65 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.
The Woodinville tasting room is typically open Thursday thru Sunday from 1pm to 5pm and is a worthwhile stop on your next winery excursion. The wines well made and fairly priced.
These reviews were based on a samples provided by the winery.