the wines of big table farm

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


SPRING 2019 RELEASE


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2017 The Wild Bee Chardonnay


525 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$28
label – charcoal drawing of a ‘wild’ bee by April Coppini

The Wild Bee! The Wild Bee represents a shift
in our chardonnay program. This wine takes the
place of our Willamette Valley Chardonnay –
only in name, label and price! Same vineyard
sources, same winemaking, same barrels. The
Wild Bee is a combination of all 6 sites of
chardonnay that we work with and is a fantastic representation of Willamette Valley Chardonnay for 2017. We hope you enjoy it, lots of it! For the first time we have chosen another artist’s drawing to dress The Wild Bee, someone whose work both Clare and I have admired for quite a while. Thank you April Coppini!

Tasting notes – At first blush this wine’s aromatics offer up lemon custard and stone fruit. This is a clean bright expression of our chardonnay. It has a persistant white floral note that leads into warm toast and hazelnut – this all shows off the perfectly developed golden grapes that finish like a bite of perfectly ripe pear. The acid is fine and complex without any hard edges giving this wine tension to help you appreciate it’s subtleties.


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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’.

 

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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.

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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.

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We have two custom Sets

'Clare's Pick' and a 'Vineyard Designate Pack' 

These two sets of wines we have put together for you if you are new to our wines and would be just like an assortment of our favorites.

The fall ‘Vineyard designate pack’ (6pack - or double down for a case and complimentary shipping) - is our 4 fall vineyard designates 
This pack includes clare's choice of wines that are drinking best now.

2 '16 Sunnyside vineyard Pinot Noir - 95pts and top 100 ‘18, see more press
2 '16 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir - 93 points, see more press
1 '16 Wirtz Vineyard Pinot Noir - 94 points, see more press
1 '16 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir - 93 points, see more press

Clare's pick is 12 wines Clare has put together that includes rose and chardonnay and our Syrah.  There is something for every meal in this line up.

3 '16 Sunnyside vineyard Pinot Noir,
3 '16 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir,
1 '16 Wirtz Vineyard Pinot Noir
1 '16 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir,
2 '16 Willamette Valley Chardonnay,
1 '17 Rose and
1 '14 Syrah


FALL 2018 RELEASE


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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.

past vintages (sold out)


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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.

past vintages (sold out)


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2016 Cattrall Brothers Pinot Noir


190 cases
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - Cattrall Brothers1947 Truck

We have worked with the same block from Tom Cattrall's vineyard for eight years now which sits high in the Eola-Amity hills, and is one of the coolest sites we work with. The own-rooted Wadensville clone vines have been organically farmed from the early 70's when the site was planted. We process the fruit with a hands off approach that reflects the ethos of the farming.

tasting notes - This is a graceful, fragrant wine dominated by bright aromas of strawberries, tart cherries and pine forest earthiness. The first sip reveals a light and delicate weight with incredible complexity and depth. The flavors form a lacy tapestry of red plum, strawberries and pomegranate with white pepper, cumin, lilacs, soil and fresh rain. Firm, ripe tannins build on the
lengthy finish of concentrated flavors.

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2016 Wirtz Vineyard Pinot Noir


208 cases
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - wild cherries from the farm

This wine is our swan song for the wirtz vineyard giving us the classic spice character of these old clone as well as beautiful 2016 fruit profile. The 45 plus year old vines gave us their signature spice again this year. The Coury clone is fully expressed in the complex range of flavors of this earth driven wine that we have made since 2010.

tasting notes - This is an immensely aromatic wine with expressions of baked cherries, toasted spices and cigar box sweetness. Layers of flavors unfold as black cherry is joined by blackberry, nectarine, orange peel, plum and hints of savory spice. Ripe, silken tannins are lifted by lively acidity and notes of dark roasted coffee linger on the finish.

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2016 Sunnyside Pinot Noir


333 cases
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - Big Table Farm Hen and Chick

Lucy and Tom have been tending the same vines for over thirty years with care and diligence. The evidence of their work and care is clear - not only in the appearance of the vineyard but the quality of fruit they produce and subsequently the wines.

tasting notes - Intense, bright aromas of red fruits prompt memories of sun-warmed raspberries eaten outside in the summertime garden. Aromas of red berries are accented by notes of tarragon, sweet spices, dried cranberries, cherries, red plums and a mineral note akin to fresh rain on asphalt. This very approachable wine has incredible energy on the palate with vibrant acidity and tannins so integrated that they sneak into the finish.

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2016 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir


322 cases
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - The Bernards' Barn, Carlton

This wine represents the best of the Yamhill Carlton AVA and is adorned by one of the many historic barns of the county.  The 2016 Yamhill-Carlton is made from the fruit of the Coats and Whitney and Kalita Vineyards, both farmed impeccably by Daniel Fey and the team at Results Partners.

tasting notes - Impressions of blue and black fruits lift from the glass as sweet black cherries and baked plums come into focus. On the palate the wine is elegantly bold, concentrated and generous. Richness is balanced by bright acidity in harmony with ripe, velvety tannins. Flavors of wild blueberries and blackberries bring to mind a perfect berry pie at the height of summer. Notes of cedar, toasted fennel seed, black pepper and bramble add a savory counterweight to the luscious fruit.

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2014 Syrah


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.

past vintages (sold out)


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.