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2012 Lauren Ashton Cellars Proprietor’s Cuvee – 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.

The 2012 Proprietor’s Cuvee is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet France, 3% Malbe and 3% Petit Verdot. Columbia Valley fruit sourced from several vineyards.

Purple in color. 14.1% ABV. Super nose of black fruits, graphite, cedar and smoke. Big, powerful, concentrated and chewy. Black currants, tobacco, black cherries and minerals on the palate. There are silky tannins on an exceptionally long finish. An old world style wine that begs for time in the cellar. Drink over the next 6-8 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The wine is fairly priced at $65 and will be released early next month. The Woodinville tasting room is open Thursday thru Sunday from 1pm to 5pm and is a worthwhile stop on your next winery excursion.

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

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