past vintages of the elusive queen chardonnay


2016 The Elusive Queen Chardonnay

104 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
label — Clare's inspiration to compliment Brian's
$85 (sold out)

The 2016 Elusive Queen Chardonnay exudes an incredibly seductive aroma brimming with fresh fruit, minerality and savory toast. Green apple and lemon lift the wine's character up out of the glass and offer a mouth-watering preview of what is to come. There is a mineral component that leans toward flinty, smoky notes that play at the edges of broad and generous opulence. The acidic structure forms a tension on the finish that partners perfectly with the lush and creamy flavors of lemon curd, baked green apple and quince. This is a Chardonnay that could benefit from being decanted while in its youth, and will evolve with balance and grace over time.

97 points — Pinotfile, Prince of Pinot
94 points — Wine Enthusiast
94 points — James Suckling
94 points — International Wine Report
94 points — Washington Wine Blog
91 points —Purely Domestic Wine Report


2015 The Elusive Queen Chardonnay

109 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$85 (sold out)

Beautiful notes of mandarin orange lead gently into a elegant austere palate, there is a rounded delicate fruit component to this wine, not from sugar but from what feels like great purity of fruit and less yeasty savory flavors. Flavors of lime zest, hay, sea salt, vanilla bean give way to the persistent mineral and river rock expression coming from the vineyard. The finish is incredibly elegant, liquid, with just a touch of crunchy acidity and lingering stony minerality.

The Elusive Queen is a different wine than the Willamette Valley Chardonnay, its character reflecting her name with less hedonism than her counterpart.

94 points / Editor's Choice — Wine Enthusiast
94 points — International Wine Report
92 points — PinotFile

2014 The Elusive Queen Chardonnay

100 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$85 (sold out)
alc 13.6%

Honeycomb, graham cracker, lemon cream, vanilla, and barrel toast greet you on the nose. Creamy on the palate, alongside apple pie and brown butter. On the finish, there is a tension of underripe pear, with it's skin, and warm spices reminiscent of cinnamon and cedar that linger on the palate for days.

98 points — Karen MacNeil — Winespeed
94 points — The Pinot File
93 points — International Wine Report
92 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous
Wine of the Year — Karen MacNeil — Winespeed

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