Eleven Winery’s 2011 Roussanne is a somewhat new wine for winemaker Matt Albee. The 2011 is his third vintage of the Rhone varietal and we have to say he’s mastered it quite well.
This full-bodied white wine is very aromatic with floral hints on the nose and lemon, pear and fruit flavors. Albee received recognition for his Roussanne at the recent Seattle Wine Awards, earning a bronze medal for his 2010 Roussanne.
Albee gets the grapes from 10-year-old vines on Elephant Mountain. He said the farmer planted the Roussanne as a test block so there are only a couple rows of the vines available. Albee takes all of these grapes, but with such a limited quantity it only makes 90 cases.
*This is part of a series of reviews of Bainbridge Island wines recently tried at the Bainbridge Uncorked event, which featured the island’s winemakers.