Lauren Ashton Cellars
Happy Friday to you all! A few years back, distinguished dentist Dr. Kit Singh, decided slow down his day job and start a winery. While he still has a dental practice (www.eastsidedental.com), he now devotes a great deal of his time towards winemaking. Dr. Singh began his wine journey in college but traveled extensively throughout Europe and became more interested in winemaking. He ended up doing an extensive self-study and even bought textbooks from UC Davis to learn his second craft as winemaker.
The new releases from Lauren Ashton are great examples of Dr. Singh’s chemistry background, as the combination of fruit and acid structure are there. It doesn’t hurt that Dr. Singh interned at DeLille Cellars, one of the premier Woodinville wineries. Dr. Singh’s makes a range of wines, from Riseling to Rousanne and sources from some of the best vineyards in the state, such as the Sagemoor and Weinbau vineyards.
I rated each of his wines at or above 90 points and was particularly impressed with his 2012 Rousanne that was a novel and viscous effort. Considering that his winery was founded in 2009, Dr. Singh has an extremely bright future as a winemaker. These wines are excellent values for the price. Look for these wines online at http://laurenashtoncellars.com. Here are some of the great wines that I sampled at Lauren Ashton Cellars:
2012 Lauren Ashton Rousanne- Honeydew and pear on the nose. Palate has cut grass, stardust and pear. Viscous and tasty. -92
2014 Lauren Ashton Riesling- .4 percent residual sugar in this Kabinette style Riesling. Nose has petrol and crushed flowers. Flavors of pear, red delicious and minerals. Tasty. -90
2011 Lauren Ashton Reserve Syrah- Nose has blueberry and smoked meats. Flavors of black olive, smoked meats and red cherry. Drink 2015 on. -91
2012 Lauren Ashton Cuvée Arlette- Feminine wine with flavors of red cherry, dill and raspberry. Drink 2015 on. -92