past vintages of the elusive queen chardonnay


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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