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 Lauren Ashton Chenin Blanc – Straw colored. 13.2% ABV. Pears, grass and flowers on the nose. Medium body with ample acidity. Fresh and crisp. Green apple, vanilla and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and refreshing. Delicious and easy to drink. Best over the next several years. $25 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.
2014 Lauren Ashton Proprietor’s Cuvee – Violet in color. 14.8% ABV. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot. Savory nose of black fruits, leather, smoke and flowers. Full bodied with firm acidity. Well balanced. Powerful and concentrated. Black currants, cassis liqueur, licorice and earth on the palate. The finish is long with formidable tannins. This wine needs some time in the cellar. $65 at the winery and retail. 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. The wines well made and fairly priced.
These reviews were based on a samples provided by the winery.