Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Proprietor’s Cuvée Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $65

By on July 28, 2016

lauren-ashton-cellars-proprietors-cuvée-2012-bottleKit Singh’s latest version of a Left Bank Bordeaux blend ranks right alongside the best efforts of the Woodinville dentist’s young winemaking career. It began in some of Washington’s top vineyards – Ambassador and Quintessence on Red Mountain, Upland on Snipes Mountain, Dineen in the Rattlesnake Hills and Stillwater Creek along the Royal Slope. He took a Meritage-style approach with the assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (19%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Malbec (3%) and Petit Verdot. A span of 28 months in barrel reveals aromas of dark chocolate nibs and Bing cherry with nuances of blueberry, dried strawberry, fresh-cut cedar and heavily toasted oak. The drink is superbly balanced with flavors of cherry pie and French press coffee, backed by fine-grained tannins, plums, Marionberry and more oak toast. Suggested pairings include bold dishes featuring beef, pork or lamb with a sauce of shallots, butter and thyme or in a red wine reduction sauce.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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