the wines of big table farm

- we produce pinot noir, chardonnay, and a little riesling and pinot gris -


SPRING 2017 RELEASE


2015 Chardonnay

950 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45
label - big table farm honey bee

Sourced from the same 6 Willamette valley vineyards as 2014, barrel fermented in French oak (about 10% new) with yeast that blew in the door.  We bottled after 11 months of aging without filtration or fining.  We think this wine will steal your heart, it has a special place in ours.

tasting notes-
Serious smoky mineral aroma with a savory lees balancing the fruit. There is a butter cream and lemon custard aroma blending in with the subtle suggestion of sandalwood and cinnamon spice that suggests the palate will feel rich and broad.  On the palate the weight and flavors are indeed rich but there is great acid tension and tannic grip to the finish that holds everything tight creating a dry, fresh, and mouthwatering finish.

past vintages (small amount of '14 available)


2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2393 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$42
label - Kirby and Pickle of big table farm

This wine is a true representation of the northern Willamette valley as all 8 pinot sites I work with end up in this bottling, from south of Salem to north of Forest Grove.  It would be arrogant of me to think I could predict which fruit will turn into the best wine so I treat all with equal diligence.  I think this approach makes this bottling different but on par with our vineyard designates – it is more affordable because we make a lot more of it, but it gets the same care and handling as the rest of the wines.

tasting notes-
This wine is very expressive of smoky espresso, cacao, raspberry, pomegranate, rose petals, and graham cracker.  The fruit on the palate is juicy in a refreshing kind of way with playful dusty tannins.   There is an easiness to the way the wine drinks that is soothing and comfortable like the way your favorite old pair of leather boots feel on your feet.

past vintages (sold out)


2015 Pelos Sandberg Pinot Noir

202 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48
label - Don's 3 n’ 1

Year in and year out the wine that comes from Don Sandberg’s hard work in the vineyard is always delicious and 2015 is no exception.  As the vineyard matures its’ wines continue to develop even more complexity and depth, with 2015 at the forefront.  While this wine still has the fruit it also shows more tension, tannin and acidity to balance the fruit, potentially a more age worthy PSV than past vintages by my hand.

tasting notes-
Juicy carbonic nose of strawberry and bing cherry, rose petal, forest floor, mushroom, cinnamon.  The wine is heady, in that the flavors don’t sit on the palate, they vaporize directly into your nasal cavity like perfume leaving very little weight behind.  The structure here is focused around its acid, which is bright and fresh, and the tannins completely melted and nearly imperceptible. The finish is unique in that you really get the sense that smell is really how we are able to perceive flavor, meaning that the wine doesn’t persist on the tongue, it persists for minutes long finish that you continue to smell through the vaporous feeling of the wine on the palate.

past vintages (sold out)


ALSO AVAILABLE


2015 Wirtz Edelzwicker

299 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$28
label - pear blossoms from Wirtz Vineyard

Similar to the 2014 and still from the same 'old vine' blocks of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris at the Wirtz vineyard, gives the wine a warm spice to go with all the floral and fruit components.

Barrel fermented in neutral oak to dryness and malolactic complete, and per usual, bottled without any filtration or fining.

tasting notes-
Opaque, medium lemon color. This wine opens up showing the Gewurztraminer, white tea, lemon tart candies, lychee and straw and the first notes. The palate is viscous with chalky tannins helping to focus the wines texture. The finish has a profound energy that feeds off the mineral sensation. The acid is balanced by the weight of Pinot Gris that carries through the whole palate.

past vintages (sold out)


2015 Pinot Gris Wirtz Vineyard

159 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$32
label - big table farm pasture

We've made this wine in the same fashion since 2010. It is fermented on the skins and stems. This reddish/grayish grape makes an orange wine that explodes with fruit, body, texture and salinity. Seafood, especially fattier versions, has always been an amazing accompaniment. We hope you love this wine as much as we do!

tasting notes-
The nose suggests cherry and pomegranate, cinnamon, coconut, red apple, black tea. The wine coats the palate with an oily and broad texture. The tannins are very fine. The finish shows tart fruits with a lingering earth pumpkin quality and the cinnamon/clove spice.

past vintages (sold out)

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2014 Wirtz Vineyard Pinot noir

367 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48
label - maple samaras from Wirtz trees

These 40 plus year old vines seems to hold a strong signature regardless of vintage. The resulting wine is beautiful – heady fruit and spice and earth aromas lead to more of the same on the palate with a satisfying finish that begs you to take another sip, or another bite. The Coury clone is fully expressed in the complex range of flavors of this earth driven wine.

tasting notes-
Coffee grounds, dark chocolate, autumn leaves, forest floor, sanguine, potpourri. Its attitude is more about its tertiary complexity than its fruit freshness. Ruby red grapefruit, cherry, orange, and has a spice dominated finish of clove and sandalwood.

past vintages (sold out)


2013 Syrah - Rogue Valley, OR

$48
label – big table farm flatware

Prominent bacon aromatics, grilled meat, blueberries, camp fire, and a touch of violet. There is ample acidity, which is refreshing and keeps the density of the aromatics lighter and the flavors more fruit oriented. The structure is soft and dusty, allowing for early consumption.

This wine will continue to open and give on day two (and even three)! It will age gracefully for many years. unfined and unfiltered


library wines


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Our Labels

The labels on our wines are made by hand using a letterpress and thick printmaking paper. When you hold a bottle of our wine, you'll notice our labels are much thicker; this is because of the printmaking process we use. 

After the labels are cut, we hand apply each one. Then our bottles are carefully wrapped in tissue to preserve the paper's texture and beauty. While very labor-intensive, this makes for an elegant package that not only befits its contents but also produces less waste than traditional label printing.

The art is drawn by Clare and inspired by our life here at Big Table Farm, which is why all the labels feature a farm tool or an animal from the farm. The art on the labels are unique to each vintage.