Bottle Notes

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.

2017 Chardonnay –  Light straw in color. 13.5% ABV. Pretty nose of green apple, stone fruits and vanilla. Medium body with medium acidity. Rich and creamy. Lemon oil, pears and vanilla creme brulee on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Excellent Washington Chardonnay that can be enjoyed over the next several years. $25 at the Winery. My rating: 90 points.

2014 Cabernet Franc – Purple in color. 14.7% ABV. Black fruits, cocoa, leather and a hint of eucalyptus on the nose. Plush, powerful and concentrated. Exceptional balance. Cassis, currants, plums and coffee on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Super Cabernet Franc that showcases this variety really well. Best over the next 4-6 years. $40 at the Winery. My rating: 92 points.

2018 Rosé – Salmon in color. 12.5% ABV. Primarily Grenache and Mourvedre. Delightful nose of red fruits, citrus and flowers. Crisp and fresh with vibrant acidity. Cranberry, watermelon and minerals on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Really delicious Rosé and certainly a candidate to buy by the case as you prepare for the warm Summer ahead. $21 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.

Lauren Ashton Cellars will be doing their annual #ReleaseTheRose weekend on April 13th-14th. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the 2018 Rosé during this weekend will go to Bellevue Lifespring, helping local children.

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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