the wines of big table farm

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


SPRING 2018 RELEASE


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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2016 Earth Pinot noir

105 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$105
label - Clare's inspiration to compliment Brian's

tasting notes-
The 2016 Earth hints at the darker side of Pinot Noir with alluring aromas of blackberry and plum integrated with toasted fennel seed and black pepper. The fruit and floral characters are undeniably inviting, especially as they are balanced by savory spice and dark chocolate. As a sip unfolds you'll find harmonious flavors of Bing cherry, blueberry, lavender, toasted spices, orange peel and cocoa. Silken tannins spread broadly across the palate as dried fruit flavors of blueberry, plum and nectarine extend through the long finish. While wonderfully generous now, this wine will evolve beautifully with further time to age in bottle.

past vintages (sold out)

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ALSO AVAILABLE


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Wine Spectator
6 Pack or 12 Pack

limited availability
$285 or $549

Featured in the March 2018 issue of the Wine Spectator. This mixed set consists of these featured 2015's: Chardonnay along with Sunnyside, Yamhill-Carlton, Cattrall Brothers, Wirtz and Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir. One bottle of each in the 6 pack, and two bottles of each in the 12 pack.



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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.