the wines of big table farm

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


FALL 2018 RELEASE


2017 Pinot gris

130 cases
unfined and unfiltered
$32
label - Big Table Farm ancient and invasive plants

User warning: this is not a white wine! We've made this wine in the same fashion since 2010. It is fermented on the skins and stems. This reddish/grayish grape makes a copper colored wine that explodes with fruit, body, texture and salinity. The result is a very full-bodied luscious wine with lots of fruit and structure, but the freshness of a white wine. Bone dry, malolactic complete and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Seafood, especially fattier versions, has always been an amazing accompaniment. We hope you love this wine as much as we do!

tasting notes - Inviting aromas of roasted peaches and ripe apricots rise from this sunset-hued Pinot gris. A satin texture on the palate carries flavors of dried blossoms and herbs, stone fruit and dried orange peel.
Spices warm the finish with subtle notes of cumin and cardamom.

past vintages (sold out)


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2016 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard 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.

past vintages


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.

past vintages
 


2016 Sunnyside Vineyard 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.

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.

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 just like an assortment of our favorites.

Clare's pick is a 12 pack of wines Clare has put together that includes rose and both our chardonnays.  There is something for every meal is this line up.

The Vineyard Deignate Pack (12 or 6pack) - is our 5 vineyard designates plus a chardonnay (can be swapped out for another wine by request).

 


SPRING RELEASE 2018


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 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 Elusive Queen Chardonnay

104 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$85
label - Clare's inspiration to compliment Brian's

The 2016 Elusive Queen Chardonnay exudes an incredibly seductive aroma brimming with fresh fruit, minerality and savory toast. Green apple and lemon lift the wine's character up out of the glass and offer a mouth-watering preview of what is to come. There is a mineral component that leans toward flinty, smoky notes that play at the edges of broad and generous opulence. The acidic structure forms a tension on the finish that partners perfectly with the lush and creamy flavors of lemon curd, baked green apple and quince. This is a Chardonnay that could benefit from being decanted while in its youth, and will evolve with balance and grace over time.

past vintages (sold out)

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2016 Willamette Valley Pinot noir

1385 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45
label - Buttercup 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-
The freshness of the fruit captures you while the richness makes you lean in to drink in the aromatics in a few more times. This wine is giving some darker fruit, espresso and cacao alongside the raspberry and hint of plum. Its rich fruit is held in check with bright acidity. This wine delivers purity of fruit character and just the right amount of tannin and acid to invite you to slow down and take it in.

past vintages (sold out)

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2016 Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir

285 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$62
label - PSV pruners

Year in and year out the wine that comes from Don Sandberg’s hard work in the vineyard is always delicious and 2016 is no exception. This is a solid wine that is pleasing now and will reward in a year or two. As the vineyard matures it’s wines continue to develop even more complexity and depth.

tasting notes-
This wine offers a seductive perfume right out of the gate. The round fruit concentration is the major player but is supported by forest floor, umami and iron, with dark plum fruit playing the supporting role. The tannins are present but they are soft and show the density we want without the chewy edges that usually need time to refine in bottle.

past vintages (sold out)

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2014 Rogue Valley 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)

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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.