the wines of big table farm

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


Current wines available


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2017 Laughing Pig Rosé

575 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$32

We made the 2017 Rosé with a Saigné that was placed on top of an equal amount of fruit and allowed to soak and slowly start to ferment for several days. This was then pressed and transferred to neutral barrels. As we have always done, the 2017 LPR was fermented to dryness with malolatic complete and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

tasting notes-
The 2017 Laughing Pig Rosé is an absolutely lovely expression of Pinot Noir. Tart little strawberries, wild cherries and fragrant raspberries welcome you into the glass. Unlike many other rosés the Laughing Pig displays creaminess both in the aroma and upon the palate. While red fruits spread languidly across your senses, acidity forms a loose structure tying the package together like a pretty ribbon. Although thoroughly dry, this rosé succeeds in evoking the juiciness of summertime nectarines, red berries and cherries as these flavors linger on the lengthy finish.

scores-
93 points - International Wine Report
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
93 points - Washington Wine Blog
8.5 to 9 points - Vinography

past vintages (sold out)


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2018 Pinot Gris


133 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$32
label - thimbleberry and fescue

This is our second year working with fruit grown by Brian O’Donnell of Belle Ponte.  We were super happy with the 2017 and are equally delighted with the 2018.  Fermented on the skins per usual, with just the right amount of tannins and acid and sweet fruit.  I can’t wait to have this wine with a seafood meal, oysters on the half shell and Dungeness crab immediately come to mind! Bottled without fining or filtration, just like all the other wines I make.

tasting notes -
Inviting aromas of roasted peaches and warm spices leap out of this copper hued Pinot Gris. A satin texture on the palate carries flavors of apricots and dried orange peel. Spices warm the finish balanced by just enough acid to frame the wine.

scores —
93 pts — Washington Wine Blog

past vintages (sold out)


Big Table Farm Chardonnay


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2017 Yamhill Carlton Chardonnay

87 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48
label - big table fruit tree blossoms

We realized last year that we work with 7 different chardonnay sites and that after we make the elusive queen there was still an opportunity to make some regionally focused wines, hence this wine and a second from the Eola Amity hills.  Several sites in each AVA comprise both wines.  The YC is mineral driven, some fruit of course, very dry with some tannin – delicious now but will also reward if cellared.  I hope you love these chardonnays as much as we do!

tasting notes -
Beautiful notes of melon, toast and baked apple. There is a bright acidity that wakes you up and gives way to the persistent mineral and river rock expression that carries through the long finish.

scores —
93 pts — Washington Wine Blog


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2017 Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

85 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48
label - clare’s honey bees

This companion to the Yamhill Carlton – slightly more fruit forward and generous, same winemaking but clearly very different fruit sources make distinctly different wine.   We hope you enjoy them both for their individuality and reflection of time and place.  This wine has a nice sweetness on the palate (although completely dry) and a finish that lingers and lingers.  We look forward to enjoying this wine this fall, and watching it develop in the coming years.  We just had a 2014 BTF chardonnay at a wine dinner (thank you Q!) and it was a standout for the evening.

tasting notes -
This wine smells of sweet grass and hay that lead into a rich palate, there is a rounded fruit component to this wine, not from sugar but from more savory flavors. Flavors of hay, sea salt give way to a warm apricot roundness. The finish is incredibly full with a softer acidity than the Yamhill Carlton.

scores —
93 pts — Washington Wine Blog


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2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

910 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45
label - big table farm honeycomb

Sourced from the same Willamette Valley vineyards as 2015, with two new ones in the mix - Kindred, in the Eola-Amity Hills and Arlyn, in the Chehalem Mountains. Barrel fermented in French oak (about 10% new) with yeast that blew in the door, and bottled after 11 months of aging. We think this wine will steal your heart, it has a special place in ours.

tasting notes -
This wine’s aromatics offer up pear, beeswax, pineapple, clove and cinnamon.  The nectar-like fruit concentration and a persistent white floral note show off the perfectly developed golden grapes. The acid is fine and complex without any hard edges giving this wine tension to help you appreciate it’s luxury.

scores —
95 pts — Wine Enthusiast - Top 100 Wines of 2018!
93 points — James Suckling
93 points — International Wine Report
93 points — Washington Wine Blog
92 points — Wine Spectator
9.0-9.5 points — Vinography
93 points — International Wine Report
92 points — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot
90 points — Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
92 points — Purely Domestic Wine Report

past vintages (sold out)


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2017 Elusive Queen Chardonnay

102 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$85
label-Clare’s creation to complement Brian’s

As in years past the Elusive Queen is a wine that is comprised of 5 barrels that we chose as representing the best of the vintage. This is a special wine that represents the best chardonnay from our 2017 vintage.

tasting notes -
Beautiful notes of peach and white flower lead gently into a mid palate of baked green apple. There is a rounded delicate fruit component to this wine that gives way to the persistent mineral and river rock expression that carries through the long finish. The Elusive Queen is a wine whose character reflects her name. Like the 2015 this wine will cellar beautifully.

scores -
94 points - Washington Wine Blog
94 points - International Wine Report
94 points - James Suckling
93 points - The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

past vintages (sold out)


Big Table Farm Pinot Noir


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2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2509 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45
label – Henrietta and Reina 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 Yamhill County.  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. It has most everything a wine should have, fruit, acid, tannin, sweetness all in harmony and balance. When delicious is the first word that comes to mind, I smile, bow my head and say thank you and know that I have done my job well.

tasting notes -
This wine has a beautiful balance of raspberry fruit profile with warm spice, black tea and a delicate cocoa. The fruit on the palate is juicy but if you lean in there is a quiet brooding character to this wine that still has a lot yet to give. The Acid holds the fruit in check and the tannins keep the gentle momentum into a long finish.  In a word, ‘delicious’.

scores -
94 points - Washington Wine Blog
94 points - International Wine Report
93 points - James Suckling
91 points - The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot
91 points - Wine Spectator

 

past vintages (sold out)


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2017 Cattrall Brothers Pinot Noir


136 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - CBV vineyard runabout


Spicy, earthy and a healthy dollop of fruit thrown in – Bill and Tom work together to farm their neighboring vineyards, certified organic since the beginning in the 70’s and 80’s.  700’ elevation and direct exposure to the Van Duzer corridor winds make this our most restrained and delicate pinot noir year in and year out.

tasting notes -
The nose is giving pine forest and earth which gives way to dusty rose petals, orange zest, cranberry and pomegranate. This wine gives umami, as an illusive smoke quality not coming from the barrels. All of the aromas are present as flavors  This is a wine with tremendous complexity, life, and many years ahead for long term aging in the cellar.

scores —
94 pts — Washington Wine Blog

past vintages (sold out)


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2017 Sunnyside Vineyard Pinot Noir


245 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - one of Clare’s laying hens

It is important to me to be present during the growing season to understand what and how the conditions the grapes have been created in.  I spent a great deal of time visiting each site as the grapes ripen to access and evaluate what will eventually come into the winery and decide when to pick, the most important decision I make.  For this reason I choose vineyards that are close by.  Sunnyside is my furthest flung, just south of Salem and takes me about 45 minutes to get there.  Lucy and Tom’s fruit and resulting wine is so compelling that the extra time to get there is well worth it.  Elegant and yet still muscular, this vineyard produces amazing wine year in and year out.

tasting notes -
This wine offers a full rich nose, cinnamon, cedar and new leather. Great density on the palate, rich but with a focused palate as the acid holds this wine in perfect tension. Flavors are explosive, fresh. The structure here is based more on its acidity than tannins, though the tannins are there they just melt on your tongue.  This wine has great length to accompany its generosity.

scores —
94 pts — Washington Wine Blog

past vintages (sold out)

 


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2017 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir


239 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - Clare has chosen to honor the area’s history by drawing local barns


Now comprised of 4 vineyards here in the YC AVA – where Big Table Farm resides – each brings a slightly different element to create a wine with the power the area is known for, but also the finesse that makes Pinot noir so beautiful. I visit these sites as often as all the others, but their proximity makes it just a little bit easier. Three are early ripening (warmer) and the fourth is one of the last to be picked.

tasting notes -
This wine shows heady aromas of plum, raspberry preserve, stewed fruit and wet earth. Palate has liqueur qualities, juicy dark blue fruits, leather and black cherry. Full ripe tannins on the finish add unexpected but well received structure on the palate to hold all the dark fruit.

past vintages (sold out)


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2017 Pelos Sandberg Pinot Noir


241 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label – Don’s boots

Year in and year out the wine that comes from Don Sandberg’s hard work in the vineyard is always delicious and 2017 is no exception. Over the years I have gotten to know the blocks we buy pretty well too and when I taste the wine I feel the sense of place come through.

tasting notes -
This wine sports a tempting nose of  dusty rose that settles in and expands into orange peel and maple syrup. This wine finishes with bright dry cherries. Balanced tannins paired with ripe fruit lend lovely tension to this wine now that will evolve over the next six months into a charming complexity.

scores -
95 points - Washington Wine Blog
95 points - International Wine Report
92 points - The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot
92 points - Wine Spectator

past vintages


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2017 Earth Pinot Noir

104 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$105
label-Clare’s creation to complement Brian’s

Earth is a wine that is comprised of 5 barrels that we chose that are the best of the vintage. This is a special wine that is our most beautiful and delicious expression of the 2017 vintage.

tasting notes -
This wine is very expressive on the nose showing cherry cordial, orange peel and chocolate ganache. With just a little air clove and orange brandy fruit aromas come out. On the palate the entry is very broad and full of fruit. All of the wine components are playing in equal volume, there is impeccable balance in this wine. The wine has beautiful silky tannins even as young as it is. There is persistent fruit on the very long finish. The concentrated and structured nature of this wine will make it rewarding on day two or with decanting.

scores -
95 points - Washington Wine Blog
95 points - International Wine Report
95 points - The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot
93 points - James Suckling
95 points - Chicago Wine Dude

past vintages (sold out)


Big Table Farm Syrah


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2016 Syrah - Funk Vineyard, The Rocks


196 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48
label – a vine in the rocks

I think the ability to show power and finesse in the same glass has allured me to Syrah since my first introduction over 20 years ago. I found the photograph in Barbara Neyer’s office of Syrah vines growing out of seemingly just rock mesmerizing and profound. So when the opportunity arose to work with fruit from the Rocks district of Milton-Freewater, I jumped.  Rich Funk of Saviah Cellars agreed to sell us some fruit from his meticulously farmed estate vineyard. I have done my best to capture both the power and the finesse, plus a little fruit and some spice.

tasting notes -
The aromatics need no introduction on this wine – white pepper yes – but prettier like white pepper steeped in roses, and green olive and mocha. This sexy nose takes you straight into that fabulous fruit which gives way to florals and lavender. This wine has the power of the Rocks but it’s balanced with Brian’s soft touch to bring out the fruit and elegance in this site. This wine is surprisingly ethereal. The palate is smooth, tannins melt on the tongue and there is complete continuity and flavor saturation sinking into the mid-palate. This wine lingers just long enough for you to want more.

scores -
95 points - Washington Wine Blog
95 points - International Wine Report

past vintages


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2014 Syrah - Rogue Valley, OR


192 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48
label - big table farm silverware

tasting notes-
Upon opening, the wine is full of smoked bacon, crushed rock, asphalt, black pepper, and deep mineral gun powder aromatics which then give way to the florals, blueberry skin and pastille aromas. The palate is smooth, tannins melt on the tongue, but there is a grip to the finish of this wine that reminds me of the best tasting “burnt ends” meat bits that I love to order at my favorite local bbq joint.  There is complete continuity with the texture and acid profile with flavor saturation sinking into your mid-palate and lingering on your taste buds for a very long finish.

scores -
92 points — International Wine Report
92 points — Washington Wine Blog
9.0-9.5 points — Vinography

past vintages (sold out)


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Fall Wine Packs

These are three ‘wine packs’ we have put together for you if you are new to our wines, or would just like an assortment of our favorites.

The Chardonnay Lovers pack
(6pack - or double down for a case and complimentary shipping) - This pack includes

2 '17 Eola Amity Chardonnay
2 '17 Yamhill Carlton Chardonnay
2 ’16 Willamette Valley Chardonnay see more press

The fall Vineyard Designate pack (6pack - or double down for a case and complimentary shipping) - is our 4 vineyard designate pinots and chardonnays! This pack includes

1 '17 Eola Amity Chardonnay
1 '17 Yamhill Carlton Chardonnay
1 '17 Sunnyside vineyard Pinot Noir
2 '17 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir
1 '17 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir

Clare's Pick - Clare has put together a full case with complimentary shipping that includes all our current release pinot noir; plus rosé, pinot gris, chardonnay and our syrah. There is something for every meal in this line up! This pack includes

1 '17 Rosé
1 ’18 Pinot Gris (skin contact)
1 '17 Eola Amity Chardonnay
1 '17 Yamhill Carlton Chardonnay
1 '16 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
2 ’17 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2 '17 Sunnyside vineyard Pinot Noir
1 '17 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir
1 '17 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir
1 '16 Syrah


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.