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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2018 The Laughing Pig Rosé

350 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$32

We made the 2018 Rosé with a saigné that was placed on top of an equal amount of fruit and allowed to soak and slowly ferment for several days. This was then pressed and transferred to neutral barrels. As we have always done, the 2018 Laughing Pig Rosé was fermented to dryness with malolactic complete and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

tasting notes -
The 2018 Laughing Pig Rosé is an absolutely lovely expression of Pinot Noir. Bright strawberries 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. This wine has lots of yummy red fruits and watermelon and a jolly rancher profile with plenty of acidity to ask you to take another sip. Although thoroughly dry, this rosé succeeds in evoking the juiciness of summertime fruits and these flavors linger on the lengthy finish.

scores -
94 pts - Chicago Wine Dude
93 pts - Washington Wine Blog
93 pts - International Wine Report

past vintages


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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.

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


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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)


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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

 

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

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

past vintages (sold out)


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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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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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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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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.

scores —
94 points — Vinous
93 points — Washington Wine Blog
91 points — Wine Spectator
92 points — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot
93 points — Purely Domestic Wine Report
91 points — Wine & Spirits

past vintages


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.

scores —
95 points — Washington Wine Blog Top 100 Wines of the Year
95 points — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot
94 points — Vinous
92 points — Wine Spectator
90 points — Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
92 points — Purely Domestic Wine Report
94 points — Wine Enthusiast
91 points — The Berghound - Allen Meadows

past vintages
 


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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.

scores —
92 points — Wine Spectator
92 points — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot
92 points — Vinous
93 points — Washington Wine Blog
90 points — Purely Domestic Wine Report
92 points — Wine & Spirits

past vintages


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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.

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

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.