Consistently one of the most impressive Chardonnay wines made in Oregon, the 2018 'The Elusive Queen' from Big Table Farm is once again amongst the most compelling I have tasted from the vintage. As always, this Chardonnay is composed from a barrel selection which represent the best of the vintage, and the quality certainly reflects in the glass. This instantly draws you in with its stunning aromatics, focused around wonderful flinty, nutty and white truffle nuances that are woven together with shades of Bosc pear and lemon curd, which all take shape in the glass. On the palate is round and generous, showing a lovely silky texture with marvelous length and a gorgoeus seamless quality, as layers of lemon rind and kumquat mingle with nutmeg infused Challah bread and shades of Japanese pear. While this Chardonay is nothing short of fantastic its youth, it also has the poential to age beautifully for another decade or more.