Eleven is the result, ultimately, of an epiphany. Winemaker Matt, having hung up his bike racing wheels in 1998, started looking around for what to do next. Having left graduate school in physics years earlier to pursue bicycle racing while his legs were still young, he considered going back to school, but the slow pace of scientific research is enough to lull just about anyone to sleep, which is what it did to him one morning as he dozed over a neuropsychology text in the Fall of 1999. In that half-awake state where dreams and reality mingle and chat like guests at a party, the epiphany struck, as though everyone at the party stopped talking at once except for a single voice that said clearly "you should be a winemaker." Such a voice is not wisely ignored, so Matt set about finding a way to try winemaking. Matt and his wife Sarah were living in the San Francisco Bay area, where they had spent many weekends touring and tasting at wineries, so it seemed like giving winemaking a try might be feasible without having to go too far.
This coveted & unique blend of 45% Petit Verdot from Elephant Mountain, 22% Malbec from Sugarloaf Vineyard, 22% Syrah, 11% Tempranillo is complex, full-bodied and has a silky, spicy dry finish. La Ronde delights with richly intricate undertones of northwest berries, brightened with peppery warming spices & mint.
Double Gold, 2018 Seattle Wine Awards
Silver, 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition
Silver, 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition