Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Cuvée Arlette Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $50

By on August 30, 2016

lauren-ashton-cellars-cuvee-arlette-2012-bottleDeLille Cellars product Kit Singh wowed critics with the 2011 edition of his Right Bank-style blend, and he capitalized on the classic 2012 vintage for what seems to a stunning follow-up. It stems from his relationships with some of the Washington wine industry’s top growers and sites in Ambassador, Boushey, Dineen and Upland vineyards, but his artistry shows with the melange of Merlot (47%), Cabernet Franc (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), Malbec (3%) and Petit Verdot. Its life of 28 months in French oak accounts for an endearing nose of black currant, plum and blueberry with bittersweet chocolate and mint. The mouth feel is remarkable, even and rich with flavors and textures akin to a Marionberry milk shake. Great acidity allows those dark purple fruit flavors to push through the tannins into a finish of toast and coffee. Suggested pairings include lamb glazed with a reduction of the wine itself or beef accompanied by shallots, butter and thyme.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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