There’s no surprise I’m a fan of Lauren Ashton Cellars (LAC). I have sung their praises in the past. LAC is known for making wine of exceptional quality showcasing the true character of Washington terrior.
This Sunday, February 11, 2018, LAC will be releasing their 2014 Cuvée Arlette to wine club members (i.e. if not a wine club member, now would be a great time to join). I was privileged to receive a bottle for review and good heavens, does it hold up to their exceptional reputation.
Cuvée Arlette is a blend of 57.5% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Malbec and 0.5% Petit Verdot. As I look at the wine, it is a beautiful rich burgundy color, like what I think of when I picture a fabulous holiday dress made entirely of velvet. It’s clear, bright with medium-high intensity and evident it is a full-bodied wine.
The nose rushes with many of the aromas coming forward at once. There’s plum, black raspberry, and blueberry in a shoving match with chocolate and dried savory herbs. The palate is similar with red plum, black raspberry, black currant and blueberry on the front palate sharing space with a subtle violet flavor. The fruits work toward the mid-palate with cedar taking over and a red pepper spice rounding out the back palate. The acidity is medium with a broader tannin structure that is pleasing alongside the flavors. The finish lingers allowing for contemplation of this elegant wine. The Cuvée Arlette is drinking outstanding right now but shows great aging potential.
If you’d like to join the LAC wine club, click here. If you’d like to purchase at least two bottles of Cuvée Arlette (it’s just good practice, one to enjoy now and one to hold on to), it will be available for sale after February 11, so mark your calendar, come back to this post and click here to order.