Eleven Eleven Wines held their grand opening on March 21, 2015 at 11:11am in the old Barrel Stop Winery on Trancas Ave which is located just outside of the Napa City limits (the dividing line in this part of Napa between the county and the city is Trancas Avenue). Eleven Eleven took over this location after the previous owners declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Co-owners and original founders Ellie Anest and Aurelien Roulin fortuitously met on an Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles back in 2010. They started talking and discovered a shared interest over food and wine as well as real estate. A long 11+ hour flight became shorter as they continued to explore mutual interests. Who keeps in contact much less starts a business together from a conversation on a flight?! What they have accomplished over this random meeting since is extremely impressive.
Ellie comes from a long career in the world of finance – for five years she operated her own financial consulting firm, Anest Financial Solutions and more recently, prior to Eleven Eleven wines was with RGP, a financial and accounting firm based in Irvine, California. European born, Aurelien owns Del’A’Rue Entertainment in West Hollywood and is a super talented performer – as an actor, a model and aerial acrobatics. He is also a producer.
Later one of Ellie’s long time friends from San Diego, Carol Vassiliadis was brought on as a third partner and investor. Carol is a well-respected philanthropist who gifted major financial support to the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center now home of the A. Vassiliadis Family Hospital for Advanced Surgery.
They purchased both the winery (along with some equipment left over from the previous ownership) and the adjoining property – vines surround the winery. There is something to be said for purchasing winery property after it has already been developed when those who developed the property run into financial problems and are forced to sell. Eleven Eleven was able to acquire this developed property for a similar cost to what the prior owners purchased just the land.
Not only is this winery home to their own wines but a number of other producers make their wine here (similar to how the winery was run prior to their ownership). However the interior of the winery has undergone a complete makeover – one side of the winery houses their barrels and the other side is for hospitality.
Their Napa vineyard sources are from two pieces of property they purchased – one is a 3.5 acre vineyard off of El Centro Ave in Napa and the other is a 16 acre piece in the Oak Knoll District.
The 2013 Estate rosé of Syrah is from their Oak Knoll vineyard; it reveals an elegant nose – inviting and light aromas of raspberry and red cherry. The wine is fresh and clean on the palate with crisp acidity balanced by the nice fruit. The finish is rather long for a wine of this style.
The 2012 Estate Syrah (also sourced from their Oak Knoll Vineyard) shows notes of white pepper on the nose – as the wine breathes the spicier notes dissipate and a really appealing bouquet focusing on the fruit is revealed. The bouquet is not over ripe – showing more red fruit than dark including plum, and red cherry. The wine has very good acidity with a tartness on the finish.
The 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon shows a pleasing dusty component on the bouquet and darker fruit aromas – blackberry. The palate shows some spice. The tannins are fairly fine grained and linger more on the front of the palate than the back for some time. Notes of vanilla spice also show on the finish.
Visits are by appointment – the tastings are sit down, relaxed and very personalized. Several tasting options are offered including The 11:11 Experience (a private tasting of some of their premium wines), The Copper Experience (a private tour and tasting paired with a variety of artisan cheese and charcuterie) and The Make Your Moment Experience held in their barrel room
Since their opening, Eleven Eleven has built an impressive winery facility located behind (to the north) of their main hospitality center. This state of the art production facility is now home to a number of boutique brands who make their wine here. It also includes a private tasting room upstairs.
And visitors to the valley can reserve the Laki Vineyard House (named in honor of Carol’s husband who passed away from cancer in 2002) located in the northern part of the city of Napa (on the edge of the city) in a location surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. Club 11:11 members have special access to stays here. The home is 2,500 square feet – a French inspired country houde which sleeps u[ to six spread over three and a half bedrooms. Also a private pool and a hot tub.
For more information and to make an appointment at the winery, visit: www.elevenelevenwines.com
NOTE: This review has been identified as needing a major update.
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