Another Earth Day is coming around the corner, another trip around the sun, another 365 days of utilizing this planet’s greatest gifts—another day to celebrate all that Mother Nature has to offer and, most importantly, remember how grateful we should be for it. From the sun that shines to brighten our days to the food that grows to bring us health and happiness, the list goes on.
Gratefulness only means so much, however, until action is taken. With the persistent looming of climate change constantly over our heads, our trips around the sun are becoming more and more harmful for the place we call home, and now is the time to act, innovate, and implement what needs to be done to protect it.
At Eleven Eleven, our values for making our moment are in being present and caring for our community and product—that extends to the land we gather and grow on. We’re proud to utilize sustainable farming and business practices that respect the environment and its future.
Certified Fish Friendly Farmers
This means that as an agricultural property, we have gone through the certification program that is managed to restore fish and wildlife habitats and improve water quality. Implementation of this program not only benefits the environment but also represents a cost-effective and efficient management strategy for our vineyards.
Reducing Carbon Footprint by reducing tractor passes
Through such, we greatly limit the negative impacts of tractor usage on the soil in the vineyards.
Reducing herbicide use with an increase in mechanization
Increased usage of organic-certified sprays during the growing season
We are not certified organic, but we use sprays that are OMRI certified to use if you are an Organic Farmer.
Decreased water usage with more precise irrigation scheduling
If there’s anything we know as Californians, it’s the drastic effects that drought can bring. As a winery in the Napa Valley, we’re more than aware of the constant danger of potential fires. Decreasing our own water usage allows for the resource to be used more where it needs to be and less where it doesn’t.
Building healthier soils through the addition of organic matter, cover cropping, and compost
Solar power usage for our barrel hall
Solar reduces our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels and gives us renewable clean power that is available every day of the year.
While we’re happy to have accomplished the earth-friendly practices we have, it’s only just the beginning of what we know still needs to be done to make sure we have a long-lasting planet for our generation, and also those to come.
We invite you to reflect on your daily practices and see how you too can recognize your impact and make a sustainable difference. Big or small, there are many ways to get involved and take action—from reducing your personal plastic usage (and recycling and reusing what you can) to volunteering at local beach cleanups and reforestation projects, and even just reconnecting with nature.
The Earth Day 2022 Theme is “Invest In Our Planet,” so let’s get out there and make some moments worth remembering!
Looking back on the previous decade, it’s pretty amazing to see where Eleven Eleven started and what it has become. When coming to Napa Valley in 2012, we never imagined we’d become the winery and organization that we are today, but with many serendipitous moments, a hard-working, entrepreneurial spirit, and an all-star winemaking team, here we are celebrating our 10th anniversary with you!
Along with us on this journey has been our outstanding winemaker Kirk Venge, who has crafted all of the delightful wines that you enjoy and love. A third-generation Napa Valley winemaker, Kirk’s expertise has been instrumental in our success by creating a portfolio of premium wines that express a specific varietal and the single vineyard’s terroir in which it’s grown. Joined by our Director of Winemaking and Operations, Brett Weis, our winemaking team has experienced many challenging vintages over the previous decade (drought, wildfires, earthquakes), but they’ve shown perseverance, ingenuity, and mastery in their craft by creating these beautifully balanced and elegant wines. The Eleven Eleven family wouldn’t be complete without their contributions and laughs over the years.
And with that, we are happy to introduce you to our 2022 Spring Release wines!
2021 Beckstoffer Sauvignon Blanc
The sun is shining, and the pool is officially open for the season. This wine is for the moment you know summer is here! Hailing from the Beckstoffer Melrose Vineyard in Rutherford, the 2021 Eleven Eleven Sauvignon Blanc embodies the essence of summertime.
Brightly shining and as clear as a perfect day, this wine has just a tad more color than last year. Initially, you are treated with aromas of tropical fruit; kiwis and pineapple followed seamlessly with the invigorating scents of gardenia and Meyer lemon. The palate awakens the senses with flavors of crisp green apples and lemon meringue, accompanied by mouthwatering acidity. With a glass of this wine in hand, your summer will surely be off to a great start!
Our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with light, delicate flavors like those of itself—making it great for white meats, such as a tasty rosemary chicken, spring vegetables (think dill, zucchini, fennel, artichoke, asparagus, or peas), or a fresh tangy vinaigrette salad.
2021 Estate Rosé of Syrah
Elegant aromas bursting with bright floral and tropical hints, this delicately pressed Estate Rosé of Syrah is inviting and satisfying. The enchanting color seduces you with its charming and fresh hue of grapefruit and ripe peach skin. Luscious on the palate, this wine has excellent weight and persistence. Dry medium acidity, well-balanced, crisp, with pink grapefruit, light raspberry, succulent watermelon, and spice notes lead to a smooth finish. Whether on a beach watching the sunset or on a yacht in the Mediterranean, this is the perfect wine for all occasions.
P. S., this delightful Estate Rosé of Syrah, is already available online, so shop now and enjoy all of its flavors now!
Look to Southern France, Northern Italy, and Northern Spain for food-pairing inspiration, including roast vegetable linguine, Nicoise salad, lemon-garlic shrimp, and paella.
2019 X∙I Cabernet Sauvignon
In 2014 and 2015, we planted the 11:11 and Destin Vineyard with young graftings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. By 2018, the abundant harvests delivered by these vineyards brought us to the very first vintage of our X∙I Cabernet Sauvignon—a mélange of these five Bordeaux varietals, giving this youthful blend depth and complexity.
In our second vintage, the 2019 X∙I Cabernet Sauvignon’s impenetrable and inky appearance focuses the nose on the persistent aromas of dark plums and blackberries. The palate commands attention with layers of cassis, well-balanced tannins, and acidity.
This young and bold wine will pair well with a classic ribeye or Santa Maria tri-tip for the meat lovers. For something interesting, try it with a truffle cacio e pepe or a cacao rubbed pork chop. To finish your meal, a baked apple crisp drizzled with caramel is sure to excite your taste buds.
2019 Laki’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
With each vintage of our tried and true Cabernet Sauvignon, we look to perfect the wine that started it all for us in 2012. When we acquired Laki’s Vineyard 10 years ago, we had much to learn and understand about the old vines that had been planted there decades ago. Allowing them the opportunity to communicate what this vineyard collectively had to say through the climate, soil, and vines was crucial in crafting our oldest vintage and still is today with our newest.
Complex and beguiling, this wine boasts a diverse flavor palate of dark fruits, Tahitian vanilla bean, and baking spice. Its full-bodied composition and fine-textured tannins elicit an elegant and seductive finish.
This classic example of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon will pair well with the hearty dishes we all love to indulge in from time to time. The complexity of the palate makes it the perfect pair to prime rib and mashed potatoes, beef stew, or braised lamb shank with herbs.
We hope you’re as excited as we are to try these new and elegant vintages! Explore Club 11:11 to learn more about how you can Make Your Moment® with these wines before they’re officially released. Cheers!
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