The same wine as their regular Chardonnay, which used to be priced at around $40 a few years back, Big Table Farm chose to lower the price on the Chardonnay and rebrand it as 'Wild Bee' while increasing the price on the 'Elusive Queen' Chardonnay. The Wild Bee and the Elusive Queen are the same wine, but the Elusive Queen is a selection of the five best barrels of the lot blended, while the Wild Bee is made from what is leftover. However, this is no slouch and much easier on the wallet (Elusive Queen is around $95 a bottle and is almost exclusively mailing list only). The Wild Bee is more of a restrained Domestic Chardonnay with notes of citrus, peach, and flower blossoms with a slight Burgundian flair. Outstanding balance, acidity, and good richness. 2021 is one of the best of all time for the Wild Bee, showing how good the Chardonnay from Oregon has become. We have a limited allocation this vintage, but it's not one to miss for any Chardonnay fan.
Wine Enthusiast (Editors Choice) 94 points! "The Wild Bee represents one of the best Willamette Valley Chardonnay values around. I'd happily pay $50-$60 for this bottle. Aromas of lemon verbena, chamomile and Meyer lemons start the show, followed by lavender lemonade and lightly buttered toast flavors. A crisp mouthfeel complements the Bee's stinging acidity"
James Suckling 92 points! "This has aromas of green apples, white grapefruit, flint and smoked almonds. Nicely reductive, crisp and flinty, with a medium body, vibrant acidity, and subtle toasty notes lingering at the end"