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2011 Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvée Arlette – 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.

Dark purple in color. 14.5% ABV. 49% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 19.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petite Sirah. Columbia Valley fruit from Stillwater Creek, Klipsun, Ambassador and Dineen Vineyards. Great nose of red fruits, smoke, licorice and espresso. Well balanced, complex and elegant. Raspberry, currants, minerals, cherries and earth on the palate. Super silky tannins on an exceptional finish.

My rating: 93 points.

The wine is fairly priced at $50. The Woodinville tasting room is open Thursday thru Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. I will be visiting soon.

This review was based on a sample provided by the winery.

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