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New Releases from Lauren Ashton Cellars

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.

2013 Malbec – Purple in color. 14.5% ABV. Fantastic nose of black fruits, plums, spice and flowers. Medium body with medium acidity. Plush and creamy. Blackberries, cherries, cassis and vanilla on the palate. Medium length on the finish. A young wine that will benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar. $45 at the winery and retail. To be released on October 15th. My rating: 91 points.

2013 Cuvee Mirabelle – Violet in color. 14.5% ABV. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Super nose of black fruits, licorice and white pepper. Full bodied with acidity in spades. Rich and savory. Black cherries, black raspberries, charcoal and pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and spicy. Really delicious and perhaps the best wine I have had from Lauren Ashton. Drink over the next 5-7 years. $50 at the winery and retail. To be released early next year. Don’t miss out on this one. My rating: 93 points.

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

These reviews were based on a samples provided by the winery.

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