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2018

2018 Laughing Pig Rosé

94 pts — Chicago Wine Dude

Year in and Year out, one of, if not my favorite Rosé. Fresh Strawberry, Watermelon, and Minerality. Acid driven, which pairs well with a wide variety of food groups. Pick it up before they sell out!

93 pts — Washington Wine Blog

The 2018 ‘Laughing Pig’ Rose by Big Table Farm was aged in neutral oak barrels prior to being released in mid-April 2019. Showing off its rich, dark hue, the 2018 ‘Laughing Pig’ opens with serious aromatic range from shades of honeydew melon to citrus rind and copious ripe red fruits that all connect in the glass. The palate shows a silky texture and weight, yet retains a wonderful sense of elegance. Bright guava, nectarine, and cran-pomegranate with red cherry candy flavors collide with the bright sense of minerality. The exceedingly long finish accentuates this simply gorgeous new Rose. While delightful in its youth, this will cellar well for the next seven plus years. Drink 2019-2025

93 pts — International Wine Report

The 2018 'Laughing Pig' Rosé from Big Table Farm was aged in neutral oak barrels prior to being released. Showing off its rich, dark hue, this Rosé opens with serious aromatic range from shades of honeydew melon to citrus rind and copious ripe red fruits that all connect in the glass. The palate shows a silly texture and weight, yet retains a wonderful sense of elegance. Bright guava, nectarine, cranberries, pomegranate and red cherry candy flavors collide with the bright sense of minerality. The exceedingly long finish accentuates this simply gorgeous Rosé. While delightful in its youth, this also should continue to drink well over course of the next five years.

2017

2017 The Wild Bee Chardonnay

93 pts — Washington Wine Blog

This Willamette Valley Chardonnay was sourced from six different sites across the valley. Better aromatically once warmed up a bit, this opens with sourdough bread, vanilla cream, and hints of ripe pineapple. The palate reveals a silky texture with a wonderful combination of ripeness and minerality. Bright nectarine, lemon zest, and pineapple upside down cake flavors all collide once in the mouth. Beautiful now, this great release by superstar winemaker Brian Marcy will continue to develop well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029

93 pts — International Wine Report

The 2017 'The Wild Bee' Chardonnay was sourced from six different sites across the valley. It opens with inviting aromas sourdough bread, vanilla cream and hints of ripe pineapple. The palate reveals a gorgeous silky texture with a wonderful combination of ripeness and minerality. Bright nectarine, lemon zest, and pineapple upside down cake flavors all collide once in the mouth. Beautiful now, this great release by winemaker Brian Marcy will continue to develop well over the next decade.

92 pts — James Suckling

Attractive peaches and lemon pith with fresh, sleek palate texture and a long, elegant, flavorful finish. Drink now.

93 pts — Wine Spectator

Graceful and elegantly spirited, with expressive Meyer lemon, river stone and spice flavors that build complexity and richness on the finish. Drink now through 2020. -T.F.

91 pts — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of white peach and wood shop. Driven by vigorous lemon flavors and a tremendous lemony grip on a very long finish. Exquisite balance with dreamy acidity and a grounded earthy component.

2017 The Elusive Queen Chardonnay

94 pts — Washington Wine Blog

The 2017 ‘The Elusive Queen’ Chardonnay by Big Table Farm is one of the great Chardonnays made in Oregon. On the nose there is an intoxicating bouquet of wild mushroom with damp earth that combine with bright pear, kumquat and shades of mango that all combine brilliantly in the glass. The palate reveals a wonderful combination of bright acidity with a silky texture that lines the mid-palate. Bright citrus oil, vanilla cream, ripe starfruit and melon with flinty tones all round out this expressive wine. While gorgeous in its youth, ‘The Elusive Queen’ will take her time beautifully in the cellar for at least another decade. Drink 2019-2033

94 pts — International Wine Report

The 2017 'The Elusive Queen' Chardonnay from Big Table Farm is one of the great Chardonnays made in Oregon. On the nose there is an intoxicating bouquet of wild mushroom and damp earth that come together with bright pear, kumquat and shades of mango which all combine brilliantly in the glass. The palate reveals a wonderful combination of bright acidity with a silky texture that lines the mid-palate. Bright citrus oil, vanilla cream, ripe starfruit and melon with flinty tones all round out this expressive wine. While gorgeous in its youth, 'The Elusive Queen' go on to age gracefully for at least another decade.

94 pts — James Suckling

Some complex and spicy notes, across ripe peaches and lemons. The palate has a smoothly juicy and pithy feel. Dry, grapefruit and lemon flavors hold a long, fresh finish. Drink now.

93 pts — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Light golden yellow color in the glass. Clean aromas of lemon, white peach, apple, white flower blossom, petrichor, beach sand and brioche. Delicious flavors of lemon, pineapple, and pear in a sleek and harmonious style with a saline edge. This beauty urges you to take another sip.

2017 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

94 pts — Washington Wine Blog

Stunning and better than most winery’s top bottlings, the 2017 ‘Willamette Valley’ Pinot Noir is another sensational wine made by one of the most underrated winemakers in North America, Brian Marcy. The nose is seductive and highly perfumed with rose petals, guava puree, cigar ash and suggestions of peat moss that all build in the glass. The wine shows off a downright sexy texture, showing a great combination of weight and minerality. Guava puree, red raspberry cordial, blood orange zest and white truffle flavors all dance on the palate. A seriously good wine, this will continue to cellar well over the next fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033

94 pts — International Wine Report

The 2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is another sensational wine made by one of the most underrated winemakers in North America, Brian Marcy. The nose is seductive and highly perfumed with rose petals, guava puree, cigar ash and suggestions of peat moss that all build in the glass. The wine shows off a downright sexy texture, showing a great combination of weight and minerality. Guava puree, red raspberry cordial, blood orange zest and white truffle flavors all dance on the palate. A seriously impressive wine that should continue to cellar well over the next fifteen years.

93 pts — James Suckling

Enticing, fragrant complexity with ripe, boysenberry and red-cherry notes, married to a plush palate that has an attractive, balanced and velvety feel. Long, fresh-fruit flavors hold smoothly. Drink or hold.

91 pts — Wine Spectator

Combines polish with structure, offering delicate raspberry, spice and forest floor accents that build richness toward broad-shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2026. 2,509 cases made. — TF

91 pts — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

All Northern Willamette Valley vineyards that winemaker Brian Marcy works with are included in this blend. More affordable because more of it is made, but it gets the same care and handling as the rest of the wines. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A complex nose reflects whole cluster fermentation, with aromas of dark berries, fertile earth, burnt tobacco, rose petal, herbs and exotic spices. A wine with character, offering flavors of dark red cherries and berries, earth and mushroom. Sleek, with healthy tannins and good energy. Better when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle, although the whole cluster tannins may require a few years to fully resolve.

2017 Big Table Farm Pelos Sandberg Pinot Noir

95 pts — Washington Wine Blog

The Pelos Sandberg Vineyard is carefully managed by Don Sandberg, as I have been captivated with this bottling since Brian Marcy first made this wine. The nose is beautifully perfumed, showing serious aromatic range from peat moss and smoke undertones to ripe strawberry to guava and pomegranate puree with citrus rind accents. These delightful scents bring you back to the glass for more. Showing a silky texture, this beautiful wine glides across the mid-palate. Elegant, yet jam-packed full of red fruit, citrus zest and earthy flavors, this Pinot Noir by Big Table Farm simply has it all. Irresistible now, this will cellar well for the next two decades. Drink 2019-2033

95 pts — International Wine Report

This is a sensational wine from the Pelos Sandberg Vineyard, which is carefully managed by Don Sandberg. I have been captivated with this bottling since Brian Marcy made his first vintage of this wine. The nose is beautifully perfumed, showing serious aromatic range from peat moss and smoke undertones to ripe strawberry to guava and pomegranate puree with citrus rind accents. These delightful scents bring you back to the glass for more. Showing a silky texture, this beautiful wine glides across the mid-palate. Elegant, yet jam-packed full of red fruit, citrus zest and earthy flavors, this Pinot Noir by Big Table Farm simply has it all. Irresistible now, this will also cellar beautifully for many years to come.

92 pts — Wine Spectator

Compelling for the structure and sleek polish, offering violet, cherry and green tea notes that build tension and richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 241 cases made. — TF

92 pts — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherry, fertile earth, dried herbs and pipe smoke. Filled with succulent cherry and berry fruits and accented with a note of creosote and tobacco typical of this vineyard. Currently, the lavish tannins show up as some astringency on the finish. An intriguing wine with an extended finish. Unchanged when sampled from a previously opened bottle the following day.

2017 Big Table Farm Earth Pinot Noir

95 pts — Washington Wine Blog

The ‘Earth’ Pinot Noir is a barrel selection wine made by the talented Brian Marcy. Needing a one hour decant to be fully aroused, the wine slowly unveils copious red fruits that dance with peat moss and shades of white truffle on this expressive nose. The palate reveals a wonderfully silky texture that coats the mid-palate. Red currant jelly, wild blackberry cordial, peat moss and suggestions of cigar ash all mingle brilliantly on the palate. While downright delicious now, this seductive, yet well-balanced effort will cellar marvelously over the next fifteen plus years. Drink 2019-2035

95 pts — International Wine Report

The 2017 'Earth' Pinot Noir is a barrel selection wine made by the talented Brian Marcy. As the wine slowly unwinds in the glass, it unveils perfumed aromatics of copious red fruits that come together with peat moss and shades of fresh white truffle on this expressive nose. The palate reveals a wonderfully silky texture that coats the mid-palate leaving begind flavors of red currant jelly, wild blackberry cordial, peat moss and suggestions of cigar ash which all mingle brilliantly. While utterly delicious now, this seductive, yet well-balanced Pinot Noir should continue to cellar marvelously over the next fifteen plus years.

95 pts — The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Lively and captivating aromas of black cherry, spice, fertile soil and pipe smoke. Delicious mid weight flavors of blueberry, black cherry, black raspberry, spice and burnt tobacco. Discretely concentrated with a noticeable mid palate impression and finish. Silky in texture, with felty, fine-grain tannins on the backend. Excellent balance and sure to go the distance. Spice up your life with this beauty.

93 pts — James Suckling

A brawny and quite savory edge to the nose here with meaty and earthy aromas, cast across a web of ripe cherries and plums. Sturdy and brash palate texture. Long, ripe tannins abound. Drink in the next five years.

95 pts — Chicago Wine Dude

Raspberry, Bing Cherry, Baking Spices, Dark Chocolate and Plum notes. Fruit forward with tantalizing secondary notes. Soft tannin balances out the concentration of the fruit. Make sure to decant a bit in its early age, going to age gracefully with a few years in the cellar.

2017 Laughing Pig Rosé

93 — International Wine Report

This beautiful Rosé of Pinot Noir was pressed and then stored in neutral oak prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered, this is one of the best of its kind from winemaker Brian Marcy of Big Table Farm. This instantly impresses with its wonderful vibrance and verve, followed by gorgeous characteristics of ripe strawberries and guava purée which soar from the glass. The palate is nearly irresistible with cranberries, white cherries and orange zest undertones. This is richly textured, yet the underlying acidity makes it highly refreshing. This is one of the finest Rosé wines in all of North America.

91 — Wine Enthusiast

The unusual winemaking approach takes some saignéed juice, soaks unpressed berries for several days, and then slowly starts the fermentation. It's a rich, aromatic potpourri of dried roses, orange peel and white chocolate. Fruit flavors suggest raspberries and wild cherries, with a lingering, layered, mineral-drenched finish.

93 pts - Washington Wine Blog

This beautifully textured wine was pressed and then stored in neutral oak prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered, this is one of the best of its kind by superstar winemaker Brian Marcy of Big Table Farm. Richly colored, there is a wonderful vibrance and verve to this wine made of Pinot Noir grapes. Ripe strawberry and guava purée fills the nose. The palate is nearly irresistible with cran-cherry and orange zest undertones. Not for the weary, this is a rich and highly refreshing effort that is truly one of the best in North America. Drink 2018-2024.

8.5 to 9 pts — Vinography

Pale baby pink in color, this wine smells of watermelon rind and red currant. In the mouth, bright strawberry and raspberry flavors have a faint sweetness to them and a nice crisp snap thanks to excellent acidity. 14.2 % alcohol.

2017 Big Table Farm Pinot Gris

93 pts — Washington Wine Blog

This orange wine shows wonderful range on the nose with apricto jelly, lychee, and Pink Grapefruit blossom. The palate is voluptuous and shows some marvelous weight. The texture to this wine is silky and seductive, inviting you for more. White peach, starfruit, mango and Pink Grapefruit flavors all nicely mingle together. A complete wine, this is another stunning effort by Big Table Farm. Drink 2018-2024.

92 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

The color is shimmering orange brick. The nose is a firm nectarine, grapefruit, strawberry and wet stone accented with pulverized raspberry and cotton candy. Chilling brings out crisp red apple and cherry. The palate entry is ripe golden stone fruit with a core of savory, silky spice and slippery cherry. Drink 2019-2022.

93 pts — International Wine Report

This orange colored wine shows wonderful range on the nose with apricot jelly, lychee, and Pink Grapefruit blossom. The palate is voluptuous and shows some marvelous weight. The texture to this wine is silky and seductive, inviting you for more. White peach, starfruit, mango and Pink Grapefruit flavors all nicely mingle together. A complete wine, this is another stunning effort by Big Table Farm. Only 132 cases made.


2016

2016 Chardonnay - Willamette Valley

95 pts — Wine Enthusiast - Top 100 Wines of 2018!

This stunning wine was fermented in 10% new French oak and shows pinpoint stone fruit, Meyer lemon, butterscotch and toast flavors. Firmly anchored with bright acidity that underscores the fruit and lengthens the finish, it keeps going and going. Drink now–2028.

93 pts - James Suckling

A complex and slightly toasty chardonnay with oak-derived praline and spice pervading the nose and palate, ahead of attractive fruit that really holds long and fleshy at the finish. Strong chardonnay here. Drink now.

93 pts - International Wine Report

Another stunning showing from Big Table Farm is the Willamette Valley Chardonnay. A bit reticent on the nose at first, however once unwound this begins to unveil inviting aromas of poached pears, crème brûlée and beeswax. The beautiful texture and gorgeous mouthfeel drive this brilliant wine through the palate, as flavors of lemon zest, marzipan, vanilla, crème brûlée continue to impress through the finish. Overall, a fantastic Chardonnay which shows the potential for short-term cellaring.

93 pts - Washington Wine Blog

Big Table Farm pulls off another stunning Willamette Valley Chardonnay bottling. A bit reticent on the nose, and needing an hour decant, once evolved this unveils beeswax, creme brûlée and poached pear aromas. The mouthfeel and silky smooth texture really drives this gorgeous wine. Marzipan, vanilla creme brûlée and Meyer lemon zest flavors impress. This could pass for a top class Montrachet.

92 pts - Wine Spectator

Graceful and vibrant, with floral Meyer lemon and verbena aromas and elegantly layered apple and spice flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 910 cases made.  –TF

9.0 to 9.5 pts — Vinography

Palest greenish gold in the glass, this wine smells of wet stone, bee pollen and white flowers. In the mouth, delicate flavors of chamomile, lemon pith and pink grapefruit have just a touch of oak and a lacy acidity. Pretty and subtle.

93 pts — International Wine Report

Another stunning showing from Big Table Farm is the Willamette Valley Chardonnay. A bit reticent on the nose at first, however once unwound this begins to unveil inviting aromas of poached pears, crème brûlée and beeswax. The beautiful texture and gorgeous mouthfeel drive this brilliant wine through the palate, as flavors of lemon zest, marzipan, vanilla, crème brûlée continue to impress through the finish. Overall, a fantastic Chardonnay which shows the potential for short-term cellaring.

92 pts — Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Barrel fermented in French oak barrels (10% new) with ambient yeast and bottled after 11 months of aging. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light golden yellow color in the glass with a slight haze. Aromas of lemon, cold steel and sawdust lead to a spirited wine with flavors of lemon creme, honey and yellow apple. There is noticeable oak input, but in a good way. The finish has some persistence and is highly refreshing.

90 pts - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay is a touch reductive on the nose to begin, with notes of struck match and smoke opening to aromas of Golden Delicious apple, lemon cream, roasted almonds, citrus blossoms and toast. The palate is medium to full-bodied with lovely concentration of ripe orchard and citrus fruit and well-integrated toasty and creamy accents. It's lifted by juicy acidity and finishes long and toasty.

92 pts - Purely Domestic Wine Report

The nose is a rich saturated vanilla and lemon crème with whiffs of honeydew, white blossoms, pear and butterscotch. The palate is framed in restrained notes of dried honey, mineral and chalk with underlying warm grain and peach. Drink 2019-2024.

2016 The Elusive Queen Chardonnay

97 pts — Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Light golden yellow color and unfiltered clarity in the glass. Exhilarating aromas of lemon, pineapple, baking spices and buttered toast light up the nose. Delicious flavors of pear, lemon, yellow grapefruit, hazelnut and spice offered on a sleek platform. Impeccably balanced with a finish that is really tenacious. I could try to go on about this dreamy wine, but sometimes greatness defies adequate description.

94 pts — Wine Enthusiast

This is an utterly delicious bottle—complex and sophisticated, it walks a flavor tightrope, carefully balancing crisp touches of lemon, lime, grapefruit, apple and pear with refreshing minerality. A lingering textural finish layers in citrus rind, cucumber and lemon curd.

94 pts — James Suckling

This has a very composed and attractive lemon edge and delivers a very assured and balanced impression on the palate with pristine lemons and peaches, ahead of hazelnuts at the finish. Drink now.

94 pts — International Wine Report

The 2016 'The Elusive Queen' Chardonnay is another stunning bottling from Big Table Farm. This begins with pretty aromatics of orchard fruits, citrus rind and baking spice all taking shape. Intense and inviting, with a wonderful plush texture, this wine showcases a lovely flavor profile of Meyer lemon oil, vanilla whipping cream and Pink Lady apple flavors. Burly, yet elegant, this gorgeous wine needs a two hour decant if enjoying young and I can see this drinking well for beyond a decade.

94 pts — Washington Wine Blog

The 2016 'The Elusive Queen' by Big Table Farm is another stunning bottling from this outstanding winery. The moderate oak influence on the nose amalgamates with hints of citrus rind and baking spice aromatics. Intense and inviting, with a wonderful plush texture, the wine showcases Meyer lemon oil, vanilla whipping cream and Pink Lady apple flavors. Burly, yet elegant, this gorgeous wine needs a two hour decant if enjoying young. I can imagine this drinking well for 15 years. Drink 2018-2030.

91 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

The nose is chalk, lemon, dried honeycomb, and note of ripe peach with whiffs of vanilla bean. The palate entry is fresh peach and pear with a silky underlying wet stone, floral and butter toffee. Drink 2019-2024.

2016 Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley

94 pts — Wine & Spirits

A luminous wine in a generous vintage, this draws from all eight vineyards Brian Marcy uses in his production. It shows a woodsy, tea-like spice, but in the end, it's the fruit that may seduce you-it's like biting into a fresh wild strawberry, experiencing the burst of fruit, that lift and tingle of acid, the clarity and balance between the two. This is a wine of energy, finesse and delicious length.

93 pts - James Suckling

Some strong sappy aromas with wild herbs and red fruit, intermingled in upbeat, youthful and floral style. The same feel on the palate, which offers fresh, red-cherry flavors and a wealth of complexity and a juicy, fresh resolve. Try from 2020.

93 pts — Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the World 2018

Effortlessly elegant and complex, with vibrant rose petal, savory smoke and raspberry accents that glide along a silky texture toward a long finish. Drink now through 2024. —T.F.

93 pts — International Wine Report

The 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a fantastic showing from Big Table Farm. This deep colored wine is distinctly earthy on the nose with forest floor and black truffle overtones that marvelously connect with dark fruits. The hallmark minerality that is unveiled in this Pinot Noir from winemaker Brian Marcy is beautifully supported by its gorgeous textural weight and layered core of dark cherries, boysenberry cordial, wild mushrooms with a touch of lavender, framed by ultra-light tannins. This beautiful wine will cellar well for a decade or more.

92 pts — Wine Enthusiast

Though this multi-vineyard is blend priced below the winery's vineyard designates, it was given the same exacting care. A substantial wine, it's lush with blackberry, black cherry, lemon peel and orange blossom scents and flavors. Barrel aging has added clove and other spice notes. A stylish effort that outperforms its price.

91 pts — Vinous

Bright, purple-hued red. Suave, mineral-accented cherry, boysenberry, Asian spice and potpourri scents show sharp delineation and a sneaky hint of earthiness that builds with air. Offers intense dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that possess very good depth as well as energy thanks to a core of juicy acidity. A subtle vanilla note emerges as the wine opens up and carries through an impressively long, gently tannic finish that leaves a sexy lavender pastille note behind. For an entry-level wine there's an awful lot going on here. -Josh Raynolds

93 pts — Washington Wine Blog

This deep colored wine is distinctly earthy on the nose with forest floor and black truffle oil overtones that marvelously connect with dark fruit. The hallmark minerality that is unveiled in this wine by superstar winemaker Brian Marcy connects with the solid weight and dark cherry, boysenberry cordial and wild mushroom flavors. With a touch of lavender towards the back end and ultra-light tannins, this beautiful wine will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2018-2028.

91 pts — Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

A blend of grapes from eight vineyards making the wine a good representation of the Willamette Valley. This wine is more affordable because a lot more of it is made, but it receives the same care and handling s the rest of the lineup of wines. A drawing by Grace of Buttercup, an American Guinea Hog, graces the label. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Lovely fragrance of red cherry, red berry, rose petal and sous-bois. Darker fruited on the palate with giving flavors of purple grape and blueberry. Soft and found in the mouth with a conforming texture and some finishing length. A hint of grapes from Pelos Sandberg Vineyard shows up. Beautifully composed, although not extremely complex. This wine is liable to be sold out by the time you read this review as it is very popular among “bigtablers.”

9 pts — Vinography

Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of pine duff and raspberries and raspberry leaf. In the mouth, green herbs and fresh, ripe raspberries mix with deeper forest floor notes and a hint of mushroom. Faint, powdery tannins and gorgeous, filigreed acidity. Very tasty. 13.9% alcohol. Score: around 9.

96 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

Offers a shimmering bright nose of black cherry, graphite, blueberry, melon, wild strawberry and conifer needle. The palate entry is a sleek watermelon and peach with a core of well-structured and textured acidity finishing with red cherry, blueberry and evergreen. Drink 2019-2027.

2016 Wirtz Vineyard Pinot Noir

93 pts — Wine Spectator

Supple and expressive, with polished raspberry, rose petal and fresh orange zest accents that dance deftly toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 208 cases made. -TF

94 pts — Vinous

Glimmering red. Expressive, smoke- and spice-accented cherry and raspberry scents, plus hints of musky earth, incense and candied flowers. Weighty yet energetic in style, offering cherry cola and red fruit liqueur flavors that show sharp delineation and back-end power. A core of juicy acidity helps maintain focus and drives an extremely long, floral finish framed by supple, harmonious tannins. This wine is by no means a bruiser -- in fact, it's quite graceful for its heft. I'm sure it could handle full-flavored, strongly seasoned grilled or braised red meat dishes with aplomb. -Josh Raynolds

93 pts — Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Last vintage from this vineyard since the economic realities of leasing and farming an old vineyard no longer made sense. 45-year-old vines. Coury "clone". Wild cherries on the label. Moderate garnet color in the glass. Classy aromas of Bing cherry, cardamom spice, burnt tobacco and espresso. Gernerously layered tiers of ripe ollaliberry, purple grape and blackberry flavors showing significant extraction. There are underlying flavors of grilled pork and spice as well. The suave texture and silky tannins make for seductive drinking. Very charming and harmonious.

94 pts — Washington Wine Blog

Set on roughly 13 acres the Wirtz Vineyard is located in Gaston, and has old, 40 year old Pinot Noir vines. Not needing a decant, the earthy, seductive aromas grip you immediately. The silky mouthfeel makes this glide through the mid-palate, creating a stunning experience as you sip this marvelously textured Pinot Noir. Red and dark fruits connect with earthy and citrus tones. This amazing Pinot Noir by superstar winemaker Brian Marcy has it all. While it is drinking marvelously right now, it will cellar for a decade or more. Drink 2018-2033.

93 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

The nose is a dried rose petal and silky red cherry, extracted notes of licorice and blue plum over herb and mineral. With air the nose shows profound pure red raspberry nectar. The palate entry is firm brightness leading to a core of silky red berry, strawberry and cherry with underlying rose petal. The finish is dry spice, herb and textured red, blue fruit. Drink 2019-2027.

91 pts — Wine & Spirits

This is the last vintage Big Table made from Wirtz, a 45-year-old vineyard in the northern Willamette planted to the Coury clone. It's sleek and fine-boned, with fresh, savory scents of orange pekoe tea and red cherries. The flavors follow in a graceful line of pure cherry fruit, with a modest grounding of oak. it's fully ripe yet bears old-vine restraint.(W&S 2/19, 208 cases) -PJC

90 pts — The Berghound - Allen Meadows

Notes of herbal tea and crushed leaf suffuse the aromas of dark raspberry, cranberry and lavender. The medium weight flavors possess a similar texture to the Sunnyside in that they are attractively refined and well-detailed, all wrapped in a youthfully austere and lingering finish that is trimmed in a touch of wood. This is as pretty as the Sunnyside if not quite as structured or complex.

2016 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir

93 pts — Washington Wine Blog

Big Table Farm has sourced from Tom and Bill Cattrall's vineyard for more than five years. The cool climate vineyard sits high in the Eola Amity Hills. This begins with bright aromas of citrus blossom, red cherry candy, guava and lighter earthy tones on the nose. The palate is silky smooth, showing a nice salinity. Red fruits dominate the palate with light citrus and peat moss flavors mingled in the glass. This is delicate Pinot Noir that shows a wonderful terroir. Drink 2018-2028.

94 pts — Vinous

Brilliant red. Vibrant, spice-accented red berry and floral scents pick up succulent herb and mineral flourishes with air. Juicy, focused and energetic in the mouth, offering intense black raspberry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors along with hints of five-spice powder and mocha. Closes very long and spicy, with lingering red fruit character and dusty, late-arriving tannins. -Josh Raynolds

91 pts — Wine Spectator

Dense in structure, yet generous, with black cherry, violet and stony mineral accents that take on speed toward a hint of tannins on the finish. Best after 2019. 190 cases made. -TF

92 pts — Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot

Old vine organically farmed Wädenswil clone. 1947 Cattrall Brothers Vineyard truck on the label. Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The complex nose offers a range of aromas including dark cherry, spice, underbrush, and savory herbs with the cherry aroma building intensity over time in the glass. Middleweight flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, tobacco, smoke and BBQ sauce have good length in the mouth and on the silken finish. Easygoing, fine-grain tannins make for approachability and satisfying harmony drives the pleasure.

93 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

The nose is narrow herb, dried grass, and ferrous, clay-like earthiness accented with nectarine and strawberry. The palate entry is lovely in delicacy of nuanced herb and red stone fruit finishing with a focused cherry, saline and wet stone. Drink 2019-2026.

91 pts — Wine & Spirits

From an early 1970s planting, this pinot noir feels almost fragile in its old-vine elegance. It's light and delicate, with scents of violets and pine fronds, and a fine texture drawn by cherry pastille flavors and a wispy note of bay leaf. Mathc its delicacy with tea-smoked cod. (W&S 2/19, 190 cases) -PJC

2016 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir

92 pts — Wine Spectator

Sleek and polished, with pretty raspberry, orange zest and spiced cinnamon flavors that weave delicately into the refined tannins. Drink now through 2022. 322 cases. -TF

92 pts — Vinous

Full ruby. Spice-accented black raspberry and cherry-cola aromas are complicated by hints of potpourri, incense and smoky minerals. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering concentrated red/dark berry preserve, mocha and violet pastille flavors that pick up a spicy accent on the back half. Deep in flavor but vibrant and precise as well, delivering strong finishing cut and closing on a gently tannic note, with floral-driven persistence. -Josh Raynolds

92 pts — Pinotfile-Prince of Pinot

Grapes sourced from Kalita and the Coats and Whitney vineyards. The Bernard's barn is on the label. Moderate garnet color in the glass. Leading off are hi-tone aromas of black cherry, spice and pipe smoke. The dark red and black fruits are discreetly concentrated and forward, emboldened by a thread of oak in the background. Silky in the mouth, with cashmere tannins and a generous finish. Not as earthy as many wines from Yamhill-Carlton with more bright fruit as the focus. A brotherly wine that wraps its arms comfortably around the palate. Score 92. Reviewed October 12, 2018.

93 pts — Washington Wine Blog

The 2016 Big Table Farm 'Yamhill-Carlton' Pinot Noir has evolved beautifully since I first tried the wine in September 2017. The nose takes on bright strawberry with guava, blood orange rind and forest floor aromatics that entice. Bright, showing a wonderful mouthfeel and intensity, the wines shows strawberry jam, guava, red currant and peat moss flavors. This entry level bottling is better than most winery's top 'reserve' wines. Once in the glass it is nearly impossible to put down. Simply put, it is a fabulous value that is drinking marvelously now but will age for another decade or more. Drink 2018-2028.

90 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

The nose is vibrant red fruit and lilac over lightly spiced fig, cherry and faint notes of earth. The palate entry is a supple blackberry and honey with a polished core of cherry and black plum, a backbone of conifer needle and lead pencil. Drink 2019-2025.

92 pts — Wine & Spirits

Reflecting Yamhill-Carlton's sedimentary soils, this is dark and assertive from the outset, its fruit scents lined with a smoky bass note. The flavors are deep and pure, saturated with black cherry fruit that gives way to foresty tannins on the finish. (W&S 2/19, 322 cases) -PJC

2016 Sunnyside Vineyard Pinot Noir

95 pts — Washington Wine Blog - TOP 100 wines of the year

The 2016 ‘Sunnyside Vineyard’ Pinot Noir is another marvelous effort by Big Table Farm. They have made this wine starting with the 2011vintage. The Pinot Noir shows beautiful aromatic range on the nose from blood orange, to peat moss to guava and beautiful bing cherry. The mouthfeel is seductive as the wine shows a similarly striking range on the palate. Black fruits, red fruits, citrus rind and earthy tones all marvelously weave together in the glass, and combine with stunning tension and minerality. A long ager, this is another complete wine made by the talented team at Big Table Farm.

95 pts — Pinotfile - Print of Pinot

Old Wädenswil vines. Owners have farmed this vineyard for over 30 years. Hen and chick at Big Table Farm on the label. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. This is a striking wine of uncommon excellence from the get-go. Perfumed with scents of black cherry, plump purple grape, fertile earth and spice. Glamorous and sexy in a light to mid weight style offering flavors of cherry and raspberry that make love to the palate. Sleek and lacy, with suave tannins, a deft touch of oak and a finish with both good tension and length. Still superb when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle. The pick of the litter.

94 pts — Vinous

Vivid magenta. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, cherry liqueur, candied flowers, incense and spicecake, and a vibrant mineral overtone gains power as the wine stretches out. Palate-staining and sharply delineated raspberry, cherry, vanilla and star anise flavors convey superb depth as well as energy, with no rough edges to be found. This remarkably pure, kaleidoscopically complex Pinot finishes on a powerful, persistent floral note, the deftly woven tannins lending framework and gentle grip. -Josh Raynolds

92 pts — Wine Spectator

Generous and delicately brooding, with expressive black raspberry, dark Darjeeling tea and orange peel flavors that build toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

90 pts — Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Pinot Noir Sunnyside Vineyard is medium ruby-purple colored with a nose of black cherry, blackberry and fresh blueberries with notions of pulverized stone, charcuterie and green peppercorn. Light to medium-bodied, it has a good concentration of blue and black fruits in the mouth with floral accents and notions of smoked meat. It's framed by firm, chewy tannins and just enough acidity to lift the peppery finish. 333 cases produced.

92 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

The nose is a savory plum and cola-flecked licorice, dried cherry and flint. The palate entry is a silky dry cherry with a textured mouth-coating core of tobacco and spiced red fruit finishing with a firm lengthy impression of plum, herb, and dried blossoms. An intriguing wine. Drink 2019-2027.

94 pts — Wine Enthusiast

A ripe cherry aroma pops from the glass, with a light accent of milk chocolate in the background. The fruit is so rich and appealing it takes a moment or two for the extra nuances to filter though-cinnamon, cedar and even a whiff of musk. These detials contribute to a most expressive wine that shows power and aging potential. Editors Choice. -PG

91 pts — The Berghound - Allen Meadows

An elegant if restrained nose flashes the ultra-fresh essence of spicy red cherry, violet and a whiff of plum. The notably sleeker and more refined middle weight flavors possess excellent depth on the lingering, balanced and less robust yet still quite firmly structured finale. At least some patience advised as this excellent effort needs cellaring. 91/2025+

2016 Pinot Noir - Pelos Sandberg Vineyard

94 pts — International Wine Report

Each year, the Big Table Farm Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Pinot Noir impresses particularly considering its price and this year’s vintage is no different. Gorgeous aromatics of ripe loganberry jelly, white truffle shavings, blood orange and cigar box aromatics fill the glass. This shows very pretty red fruits and citrus components on the palate, with dazzling minerality. Downright delicious now, this sensational Pinot Noir from Big Table Farm can be enjoyed over the course of the next decade and likely beyond.

94 pts — Vinous

Brilliant red. Mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of black raspberry, cherry compote and candied flowers, along with hints of cola and woodsmoke. At once rich and energetic on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit flavors and hints of rose pastille, cinnamon and star anise. Finishes supple, spicy and extremely long, with well-judged tannins and lingering floral and mineral character. -Josh Raynolds

93 pts — Wine Enthusiast

This sensational 2016 release is packed with juicy blackberry fruit dappled with hints of bitter herbs. With excellent definition and length, the multi-faceted flavors unravel into layers of highlights—orange peel, cinnamon, espresso and more. The tannins are ripe, and the overall balance calls for putting a few bottles away for further aging. Drink now–2030.

92 pts — Wine Spectator

Expressive raspberry and violet aromas suggest a delicate red, but this takes on depth and intensity as it goes along, offering black cherry, smoky spice and orange tea flavors that finish with refined tannins. Best from 2020 through 2025. 285 cases made -TF

92 pts — Berghound - Allen Meadows

Here the nose is compositionally similar to the Willamette yet manages to be noticeably more complex though there is a background trace of wood that is picked up by the much denser and richer medium-bodied flavors that posess a seductive mouth feel. This is a powerful and serious wine that isn't especially elegant but does offer exceptional depth. Note as well that this is sufficiently approachable that it could be enjoyed now or held for up to a decade.

94 pts — Washington Wine Blog

Each year, the Big Table Farm 'Pelos Sandberg Vineyard' Pinot Noir impresses particularly considering its price and this year's vintage is no different. Ripe loganberry jelly, white truffle shavings, blood orange and cigar box aromatics fill the glass. This shows very pretty red fruits and citrus components on the palate, with dazzling minerality. Downright delicious now, this sensational effort by Big Table can be enjoyed for the next fifteen years. Drink 2018-2030.

93 pts — Wine & Spirits

Savory and exotic, this pinot's pronounced smokiness recedes with air. Then the fruit takes center stage, gorgeous and crystalline in its detail, with a tannic heft and fruit-skin concentration. Acidity and energy carry the wine brightly to the finish, promising to sustain its freshness as it develops in the cellar. (285 cases)

9 pts — Vinography

Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of cherry and raspberry jam with notes of wet dirt. In the mouth, exceedingly silky flavors of cherry and earth mix with herbs and a touch of dried flowers. The faintest of tannins hang at the edges of perception. Delicate acidity. 13.9% alcohol. Score: around 9.

94 pts — Purely Domestic Wine Report

The nose is a rich and savory herb, spice, carbon, black plum, fig tapenade and violet. The palate is dense, savory plum and spice with firm acidity and a core of cherry, lavender and plum. Beautiful weight and texture finishing with a silky mint and grilled meat. Drink 2019-2027.

2016 Earth Pinot Noir

95 pts — International Wine Report Top 100 Wines of 2018

The 2016 'Earth' Pinot Noir is a barrel selection that the utterly talented winemaker Brian Marcy deems to be the best. Translucent in color, this starts off with beautiful aromatics of smoked brisket, white pepper, forest floor and cigar box with a smattering of dark fruits. There is a wonderful elegance and restraint to this silky bottling. Blood orange zest, red cherry candy, peat moss and cigar ash flavors mark this exceptional wine. Rich and inviting, this one of a kind Pinot displays a remarkable sense of place and purity. Just over 100 cases made of this stunning wine. Overall, this Pinot Noir is one of the most compelling that I have tasted from the Willamette Valley in the past year.

95 pts — Vinous

Limpid ruby-red. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, incense, vanilla, cola and candied flowers. Deeply concentrated yet lithe on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, bitter cherry, spicecake and mocha flavors that pick up a minerally element with aeration. Shows serious power and spicy thrust on the wonderfully long, dark-berry-driven finish, which features well-knit tannins and a sexy floral quality. -Josh Raynolds

94 pts — Wine Spectator

Graceful and refined in structure, with floral raspberry and geranium aromas and layered cherry and clove flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024.

94 pts — James Suckling

Very complex nose with root vegetables and sappy, forest floor aromas, as well as fresh red berries, blood oranges and toasted spices. The palate has a plush array of fresh red fruit with chocolate and baking spices, delivered in a soulful, fresh and concentrated style. Drink or hold.

94 pts — Prince of Pinot

100% whole cluster fermentation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The name of this wine is appropriate because there is an appealing earthiness that pervades the experience. A bit of whole cluster goodness shows up on the nose that offers aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, exotic spices, rose petal and burnt tobacco. The mid weight core of black cherry and black raspberry fruit provides plenty of vim and vigor. There is a seamless qualityto the wine with perfectly integrated oak and t n' a. A subtle smokiness belies some fruit from Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard in this wine. More ostentatious when tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle.

95 pts — Washington Wine Blog

The 'Earth' Pinot Noir is a barrel selection that superstar winemaker Brian Marcy deems to be the best. I've deemed this to be up there with the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that I have reviewed in the past year. Translucent in color, this starts off with beautiful aromatics of smoked brisket, white pepper, forest floor and cigar box with a smattering of dark fruits. There is a wonderful elegance and restraint to this silky bottling. Blood orange zest, red cherry Starburst candy, peat moss and cigar ash flavors mark this exceptional wine. Rich and inviting, this one of a kind Pinot is one of the best of its kind. There is a remarkable sense of place and purity to this wine. Try to give this at least an hour decant before savoring. Only 105 cases made of this stunning Pinot Noir. Drink 2018-2023.

93 pts — Wine Enthusiast

A deep plummy-purple color, this remains dense and tight, promising a long life ahead. The black-cherry core is accented with graphite and coffee grounds; the polished tannins provide grip and substance, and the finish brings lemony acids up to refresh the palate. It's a wine of stunning detail. Drink now–2030.

93 pts — Wine & Spirits

There is a lot going on in this reserve barrel selection. It starts out in an herbal forest, with whole cluster accents of anise, violets, licorice and smoke. Then the wine broadens, leaving behind the savory, brambly notes and opening to sunnier flavors of juicy red berries, with a freshness and exuberance that belies the savor.

2016 Big Table Farm The Funk Estate Vineyard Syrah

95 pts — Washington Wine Blog

Years ago I spoke with Clare Carver and Brian Marcy about their interest in crafting a wine from the Walla Walla Rocks District. They have sourced their fruit for this wine from one of the great vineyards in this region, owned by Richard Funk of Saviah Cellars. This wine needs a one hour decant to really open aromatically. Once aroused, this awakens to black olive tapenade, bacon fat, umami, and blackberry pie. The palate shows a really good freshness and weight. There is a seamless quality to this elegant Walla Walla Rocks AVA wine. Asian spices, green olive, orange zest, cran-cherry and a dusting of cocoa powder complete this completely sensational new wine. Delicious now, enjoy this great bottling over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029

95 pts — International Wine Report

Clare Carver and Brian Marcy sourced the fruit for this Syrah from one of the great vineyards in this region, owned by Richard Funk of Saviah Cellars. This needs a one hour decant to really open aromatically, but this awakens it releases stunning aromas of black olive tapenade, bacon fat, umami, and blackberry pie that come together and begin to soar from the glass. The palate shows a really good freshness and weight. There is a seamless quality to this elegant Walla Walla Rocks AVA wine. Asian spices, green olive, orange zest, cranberries, cherry and a dusting of cocoa powder complete this completely sensational wine. While utterly delicious now, this magnificent wine should continue to show beautifully over the next decade.

2016 Pinot Gris - Wirtz Vineyard

91 pts — International Wine Report

This Pinot Gris is fermented on the stems and skins, and begins with a highly perfumed bouquet of rose petals, orange blossoms and suggestions of ripe nectarine. Refreshing and lithe, this shows off white flower, orange rind and starfruit flavors that connect with a light saline streak. This is a gorgeous effort by Big Table Farm that is delicious now and should gain some character with some short-term bottle age. (Best 2017-2022) - October, 2017 (OB)

90 pts — The Wine Advocate

I'm not usually one for orange wines, but I have to confess that I brought the 2015 Pinot Gris Wirtz Vineyard home from my tastings and enjoyed drinking this one! It doesn't say "orange wine" on the label, but as soon as you pour a glass of this amber colored nectar, you know you are firmly in orange territory. The nutty, oxidative nose of salted almonds, Marmite toast and potpourri confirms this is no ordinary Pinot Gris, which in my book is no bad thing. The medium-bodied palate is pleasantly clean, savory and possesses a firm, pleasantly bitter phenolic grip. The finish keeps you coming back for another sip—the ultimate test of a good wine. Go on, try it!
Drink Date: 2017 - 2020. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti Brown. Issue Date: 31st Aug 2017

2016 Laughing Pig Rosé

90 pts — Wine Enthusiast

Part saignée, part fermented specifically for rosé, this bone dry and elegant wine offers a cascade of strawberry, raspberry and tangerine flavors. Its acidity punches through, lifting the palate and bringing its texture and length into focus.

93 pts — International Wine Report

Showing off its deep pink hue that borders magenta, this wine is the follow up to the scillating 2015 'Laughing Pig' Rose release. The wine opens with a highly perfumed bouquet of rose petals, strawberry, guava purée, and citrus blossom. Showcasing a plush palate and luscious mouthfeel this has deep flavors of watermelon, cherry starburst candy, ripe guava and suggestions of kumquat, as the light citrus elements are displayed towards the back end. This is just gorgeous one of a kind Rose wine. (Best 2017-2022) - May, 2017 (OB)

92 pts — PinotFile

Smaller crop load, smaller berries and clusters meant less saigné this vintage. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Highly appealing nose featuring aromas of wild strawberry, peach, garden herbs, sweet tobacco and potpourri. Medium bodied with flavors of strawberry, cranberry, yellow nectarine, savory herbs and spice. Nicely balanced, with some persistence on the red-fruited finish. Score: 92. Reviewed June 4, 2017

91 pts — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Lurid orange-pink. Racy and focused on the nose, displaying intense red currant and orange zest qualities and a subtle mineral overtone. Dry, nervy and refreshingly spicy, offering fresh red fruit and floral flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows strong cut and lingering florality on the long, silky finish, which echoes the mineral note. -- Josh Raynolds

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2015 Chardonnay - Willamette Valley

94 points — purely domestic wine report

The nose is a bright, precise and extracted dried citrus, salt-flecked caramel, licorice and hard-skinned nectarines. The palate is a lush caramel, coconut and marshmallow with notes of ripe peach showing an undercurrent of sweet vanilla and beautiful acidity on the finish. Hard to push this aside. Drink 2018-2030.

92 points / Editor's Choice — Wine Enthusiast

A super vintage for this wine, it opens with compelling roasty-toasty aromatics, derived from barrel fermentation in 10% new oak. Those aromas straddle flavors of citrus and apple, and deliver a wine with cut and polish. It's a stellar example of the emerging high-quality style of the top Oregon Chardonnays.

92 points — International Wine Report

This impressive Chardonnay wine was sourced from six different Willamette Valley site[s] and saw only 10% new French oak (for 11 months) prior to bottling. Initially aromatically retiscent and needing roughly a one hour decant, this delicious Chardonnay wine opens with an aromatic profile of marzipan, honeysuckle, wild mushroom risotto, brioche and lemon oil. Showing some marvelous mid-palate texture, this wine has ripe flavors of roasted pineapple, Pazzaz apple, Bartlett pear tart and suggestions of baking spices and lemon curd. The light cream finish is lovely. While delicious now, this will cellar well for another decade or more. (Best 2017-2027) - April, 2017 (OB)

92 points — PinotFile

Poured at the 2017 Oregon Chardonnay Celebration. Sourced from six vineyards, barrel fermented with indigenous yeast and aged 11 months in French oak barrels,10% new. Bottled after 11 months of aging without fining or filtration. Label is one of Clare’s honey bees humping a thistle. · Light golden yellow color with slight haze in the glass. Highly aromatic, with profuse scents of lemon curd, pear, butter, oak and cold steel. Engaging on the palate, with flavors of lemon, honey, nectarine and melon, finishing with a dry, tangy lemonlime note. Enduring focus and tension. The bee’s knees. Score: 92. Reviewed May 6, 2017

92 points — wineanorak.com (Jamie Goode)

There’s a lovely intensity to this wine, with powerful flavours of pear and peach fruit coupled with citrus freshness. Bold yet balanced with a nice ranges of tastes and textures. 92/100

90 points — The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Chardonnay delivers notes of ripe peaches, apple pie and guava with hints of toasted almonds, brioche and butterscotch. Medium-bodied with a pleasant suggestion of oiliness to the texture, it has a refreshing line of acid and a long finish with some spiciness coming through.
Drink Date: 2017 - 2020. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti Brown. Issue Date: 31st Aug 2017

90 points — Wine Spectator

Distinctive and zesty, with pear and spicy lees aromas and vibrant Meyer lemon and fresh fig flavors. Drink now through 2021. 950 cases made. –TF

2015 Elusive Queen Chardonnay

94 points / Editor's Choice — Wine Enthusiast

This winery is earning a place among Oregon's best with its top tier wines, like this one. Complex and loaded with bee pollen, crisp apple, lime zest, seabreeze and toasted cracker notes, it leaves you breathless the longer it breathes.

94 points — International Wine Report

Weighing in at 13.3% alcohol, 'The Elusive Queen' by Big Table Farm is a stellar, ageworthy bottling by superstar winemaker Brian Marcy. Needing more than a one hour decant, this wine arises with aromatics of toasted hazelnuts, creme brulee, bananas foster and ripe pineapple. The texture is simply gorgeous as this stunning wine glides through the mid-palate. The fruit weight is intense, as the wine currently displays a dazzling array of flavors including kumquat, lemon oil, brioche, and suggestions of Granny Smith apple pie. Dense and decadent, this will cellar marvelously for a decade or more.(Best 2017-2028) - May, 2017 (OB)

92 points — PinotFile

Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Hi-tone aromas of lemon curd, green apple, and toasty oak. Full flavored and soft on the palate, featuring tastes of lemon, lime, white peach, pear and apple. Seamless, with vanillin oak in the background, and a lasting, uplifting finish. This wine leans more on refinement and delicacy than an explosion of fruit. Score: 92. Reviewed June 25, 2017

2015 Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley

97 points — purely domestic wine report

The nose is a vibrant, rich blackberry, cherry and cocoa/graphite with underlying notes of lilac. The palate is a seamless herb, violet and blue plum with flavors that effortlessly fall off the bone. A beguiling wine for its simple yet profound beauty. Drink 2018-2030.

92 points / Editor's Choice — Wine Enthusiast

Outgoing and easy to like, this brings tart and juicy raspberry and pomegranate fruit front and center. Details pile on: hibiscus tea and rosewater in particular. It's stylish through and through, with a long clean finish.

9.0 to 9.5 — Vinography

Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of wet earth and raspberry and raspberry leaf. In the mouth beautiful flavors of raspberry and earth are delicate and fine, with gorgeous acidity making them vibrate with life. Faint but muscular tannins surround the fruit and prop it up on its journey across the palate. Gorgeous floral finish. Lovely. 13.9% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5.

93 points — International Wine Report

The 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir features two of the Big Table Farm pigs, 'Kirby' and ‘Pickle.’ Sourced from eight different sites for Pinot Noir and needing some air contact to begin to show their full aromatic expression, the wine is eventually awakened with aromatics of ripe guava, strawberries, red cherries, pomegranate seed and fennel along with loganberry accents. The intoxicating aromatics bring you back to the glass for more. On the palate the wine is currently showing ripe flavors of red cherry, loganberry, pomegranate seed, Mandarin orange rind and suggestions of baking spices. This fruity and beautifully structured Pinot Noir is a simply remarkable effort by Big Table Farm and winemaker Brian Marcy. (Best 2017-2027) - April, 2017 (OB)

92 points — Wine Spectator

Bright and polished, with expressive black cherry and orange zest aromas and tightly focused, layered raspberry and stony mineral flavors that finish with vibrant acidity. Drink now through 2021. —T.F.

91 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Brilliant red. Sexy, oak-spiced raspberry and cherry aromas, along with hints of vanilla and cola. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant red berry and floral pastille flavors that deepen as the wine opens up. Smoothly blends power and delicacy and finishes on a gently tannic note, featuring lingering spiciness and an echo of vanilla. This is pretty impressive showing for an entry-level Pinot bottling.

91 points — Decanter

A perfumed and projected bouquet of cherry and rosehip leads into a supple, textural, full-bodied wine with nice intensity and depth. A terrific introduction to the Big Table Farm portfolio, from eight sites in the northern Willamette Valley.
Drinking Window 2017 - 2025
Tasted by William Kelley

2015 Pinot Noir - Yamhill-Carlton

96 points — purely domestic wine report

A soaring nose of gardenia, lilac and lavender with graphite, orange zest, spiced cherry and white pepper. The palate entry is the plentitude of mixed, layered florals with a sleek core of seamless plum and ripe red cherry. A gorgeous wine that packs in so much pleasure. Drink 2018-2030.

93 points — International Wine Report

This translucent colored Pinot Noir begins with a beautifully perfumed nose of guava puree, pomegranate seed, orange rind and baking spices. The palate is silky smooth. Cran-orange, red cherry preserves, bright strawberry and suggestions of rose water flavors impress. This is gorgeous and balanced. Drink 2017-2027

91 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Lurid red. Perfumed aromas of fresh cherry and red berries, candied rose and smoky minerals, backed by a building hint of white pepper. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that gain sweetness and depth with air. Finishes on a spicy note, displaying very good tenacity, sneaky tannins and repeating floral and red fruit notes.

91 points — Wine Spectator

Precise and distinctive, with expressive raspberry, crushed rock and forest floor accents that build structure and tannins toward the finish. Drink now through 2024. 303 cases made. –TF

9 — Vinography

Light to medium ruby in the glass, this wine smells of wet leaves, dried flowers, and cherry fruit. In the mouth, wonderfully bright flavors of cherry, earth, carob, and sandalwood mix with the scents of dried flowers and herbs. Faint, very powdery tannins hang back at the edges of the mouth. Excellent acidity and length. 14.3% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $48.

2015 Pinot Noir - Sunnyside Vineyard

95 points — purely domestic wine report

The nose is a satin-like ripe prune plum with streaks of dark chocolate and caramel over lavender and cherry. The palate is another sublime experience with a gorgeous presence of polished ripe fruits, cherry and blueberry with silky shadings of watermelon. Drink 2018-2027.

94 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Vivid red. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe red berries, blood orange, star anise and vanilla, and smoky mineral and candied rose nuances build as the wine opens up. Silky, focused and gently sweet, offering concentrated raspberry, cola, floral pastille and spicecake flavors, underscored by a vein of juicy acidity that gives the wine a surprisingly delicate touch. Shows excellent clarity and youthful tension on the strikingly long finish, which is shaped by fine-grained, even tannins.

93 points — Wine Spectator

Refined and fresh, with pretty cherry and violet aromas and sleekly complex raspberry, stony mineral and tea flavors that glide toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2023. —T.F.

9.0 to 9.5 — Vinography

Light to medium garnet in color, this wine smells of cranberry and cherry fruit tinged with earth. In the mouth, exceedingly silky and elegant flavors of raspberry, cherry and wet earth have a weightless quality to them that is very appealing and delicate. Excellent acidity and length with basically imperceptible tannins. 13.9% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5.

93 points — International Wine Report

This wine is a sourced from the Sunnyside Vineyard, planted to 30 year old vine Pinot Noir. This great Pinot Noir begins with aromatics of white pepper, black truffle oil, black cherry and smoke. The mid-palate weight is lovely and connects with a strong minerality. Black Forest cake, blood orange rind, forest floor and shiitake mushroom flavors round out this gorgeous wine. Enjoy this fantastic bottling over the next decade or more. Drink 2017-2030- 93

2015 Pinot Noir - Cattrall Brothers Vineyard

93 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Bright red. Lively, mineral-accented red currant and strawberry scents, along with suave floral and succulent herb nuances. Racy and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit preserve, lavender candy and spicecake flavors and a touch of bitter blood orange. Closes energetic and impressively long, with resonating red fruit character, nervy tension and silky tannins that make a late appearance.

92 points — Wine Spectator

Silky and lithe, with expressive cherry, vanilla and violet aromas that open to crisp and elegant flavors that linger delicately on a long finish. Drink now through 2023. —T.F.

9.0 to 9.5 — Vinography

Light garnet in the glass, this wine smells of raspberry leaf, black tea, and dried flowers. In the mouth a muscular skein of tannins wraps around a juicy core of raspberry, raspberry leaf, and wet earth flavors that linger for a long time with citrus brightness through the finish. A serious wine that is currently wound up tightly and will likely blossom with time. Excellent acidity and balance. 13.3% alcohol Score: between 9 and 9.5.

93 points — International Wine Report

This Eola-Amity Hills Vineyard is farmed by Tom and Bill Cattrall. They have sourced this Pinot Noir from a block that sits high, cool site in the vineyard planted to Wadensville clone. The highly earthy nose evokes black truffle, black raspberry liquor, huckleberry and peat moss. The palate is rich and refined. Black cherry, black raspberry, cremini mushroom and peat moss flavors connect with a strong astringency and a touch of white pepper. The long cherry cream driven finish impresses. Drink 2017-2027- 93

90 points — purely domestic wine report

The nose is a heavy graphite, herb and tomato, dried cherry and spruce. The palate is a jammy red cherry with a core of taffy-like chewiness. Dark plum and expansive herb fills out the silky finish. Drink 2018-2025.

2015 Pinot Noir - Wirtz Vineyard

94 points — International Wine Report

Set in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the Wirtz Vineyard boasts 40-year-old Pinot Noir vines. The result is a translucent colored Pinot Noir, which opens with an aromatic profile of red currants, red cherry preserves with suggestions of cloves and forest floor. The palate is smooth and seductive, as it yields enticing flavors reminiscent of black cherry, leather, wild blackberry pie and peat moss with a touch of white truffle shavings. This is serious wine made by winemaker Brian Marcy, and while this is impossible to resist now, it also shows wonderful ageing potential. (Best 2017-2030) - October, 2017 (OB)

93 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Brilliant red. Sexy, expansive aromas of fresh raspberry and cherry, along with building Asian spice, potpourri and underbrush flourishes. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering sappy red fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows outstanding clarity and spicy lift on a very long, smooth finish shaped by harmonious tannins. This is a pretty delicious bottle of Pinot already, but I'd hold off digging into it for at least another four or five years.

92 points — Wine Spectator

Supple and pretty, with violet and raspberry aromas that open to harmonious and layered cherry and orange peel flavors. Drink now through 2023. —T.F.

9.0 — Vinography

Light ruby in color, this wine smells of black cherry and earth. In the mouth, dark cherry flavors mix with wet earth and a touch of citrus beneath a cloud of fine grained tannins. Wonderful earthiness and great acidity make this a distinctive and delicious package. 13.9% alcohol. Score: around 9.

90 points — purely domestic wine report

Decanted for 15 minutes, the nose is tobacco, prune plum, sassafras, dried orange and notes of mint, evergreen. The palate is an expansive polished red raspberry, spice and sassafras with crisp acidity and underlying suppleness. Drink 2018-2026.

2015 Pinot Noir - Pelos Sandberg Vineyard

9.0 to 9.5 — Vinography

Light garnet in color with a slight cloudy haze, this wine smells of raspberry fruit, earth, and exotic incense. In the mouth, raspberry and earth flavors mix with the bright flavors of citrus peel and are dusted with powdery tannins. Gorgeous bright acidity lingers in the finish along with the chalky minerality of the wine. Lovely. 13.3% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5.

94 points — International Wine Report

The 2015 'Pelos Sandberg' Pinot Noir from Big Table Farm is another gorgeous wine made by winemaker Brian Marcy. The Pelos Sandberg Vineyard is an Eola-Amity Hills site, which is farmed by Don Sandberg. As this gorgeous Pinot Noir begins to open it releases aromas of guava puree, ripe strawberry, cherry pie, blood orange and suggestions of mulling spices. Seductive and silky on the mid-palate, the wine yields flavors reminiscent of black cherries, black raspberry liquor, sandalwood, black truffles, kumquat, crushed wet gravel, peat moss and pomegranate seed. The flavor range and sterling minerality translate to another utterly compelling Pinot Noir from Big Table Farm. (Best 2017-2028) - April, 2017 (OB)

93 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Limpid ruby-red. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes fresh black raspberry, sassafras, pungent flowers and vanilla, and a smoky mineral note lends nervy lift. Sappy and concentrated yet lively as well, offering palate-staining dark berry, bitter cherry and cola flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Delivers a suave blend of richness and energy and finishes with excellent clarity, well-knit tannins and a whiplash of sweet dark fruit.

93 points — PinotFile

A maturing vineyard that offers wines of increasing complexity and depth. Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Very welcoming aromas of cherry, cranberry, cardamon, bark and musk. Discreetly concentrated flavors of black cherry, truffle, game and smoke. Noticeably silky in the mouth, with secluded tannins, fresh natural acidity and a finish of redeeming excellence. A wine of impressive balance that is of exceptional quality. Score: 93. Reviewed May 7, 2017

91 points — Wine Spectator

A sleek and focused red, offering dusty cherry aromas that lead to tart, vibrant raspberry and blueberry flavors, with polished tannins. Drink now through 2023. 402 cases made.–TF

90 points — Wine Enthusiast

Crisply fruity, this shows some carbonic brightness, pushing cranberry and raspberry fruit ahead of lighter flavors of cherry Popsicle. It's a lightweight, yet delightful, summertime red.

92 points — Decanter

A fairly reserved nose of coniferous forest, griotte cherry, fresh herbs, cinnamon and meadow flowers precedes a glossy, full-bodied wine showing the saline influence of whole cluster fermentation and endowed with a warm, giving personality.
Drinking Window 2017 - 2025
Tasted by William Kelley

2015 Earth Pinot Noir

95 points — International Wine Report

This massive Pinot Noir is in need of a two plus hour decant at this juncture. Showing a deep core, this wine begins with an aromatic profile of rose petals, forest floor, cigar box, black truffle oil and suggestions of loganberry cobbler. Silky, burly, yet light on its feet, this wine impresses with rich flavors of wild blackberry preserves, black truffle oil, black cherry and peat moss. The texture is absolutely gorgeous, as this is another heavyhitter crafted by superstar winemaker Brian Marcy. Try to put off enjoying this incredible wine for at least one more year. (Best 2018-2032) - May, 2017 (OB)

94 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Deep red. Heady, intensely perfumed red berry preserve, potpourri and Asian spice aromas acquire a smoky mineral nuance with aeration. Impressively concentrated and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining raspberry preserve, spicecake, cola and rose pastille flavors and a zesty suggestion of bitter blood orange. Distinctly pure and silky for its heft, finishing with superb energy and persistence and harmonious tannins. -- Josh Raynolds

93 points — Wine Spectator

Expressive and well-defined, with raspberry and orange zest aromas and deeply structured cherry and strawberry flavors, accented by clove and tea notes. Drink now through 2024. —T.F.

92 points — PinotFile

A barrel selection by Brian and Clare in collaboration. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry reduction sauce, root vegetables, dark chocolate syrup, rose petal and a slight pungent note. Prodigiously concentrated flavors of black cherry syrup, black raspberry compote and blackberry fruit with a bit of floral perfume, brown spice and chocolate oak in the background. Structured, with firm, svelte fruit tannins and a generous, very long finish. The wine picks up appeal over time in the glass and will benefit from decanting or more time in the cellar. Score: 92. Reviewed June 25, 2017

93 points / Cellar Selection — Wine Enthusiast

This complex and powerful wine is loaded with gravitas—big and tannic, yet also offering elegance and detail. The mix of fruit, spice, barrel and tannin components is beautifully orchestrated, recalling boysenberry, black cherry, toasted nuts, pepper and chocolate. With its almost-neverending finish, it should continue to improve through 2028.

92 points — Allen Meadows' Burghound

A perfumed and complex nose consists of notes of lavender, essence of red cherry and a whiff of spice. The naturally sweet and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors possess a lovely mouthfeel thanks to the abundance dry extract that coats the palate on the dusty, delicious and sneaky long finish. While this could be enjoyed now thanks to the generous mid-palate, there is sufficient underlying structure to confirm that the better part of 10 years will be required before this wine fully peaks. 92/2023+

2015 Laughing Pig Rosé

93 points — International Wine Report

Exceedingly delicious, as well as vibrant and intense, this Rosè is one of the most compelling that I have tasted this year from the Willamette Valley. The wine begins with dense aromatics of red cherries, raspberries, guava and hints of wild mushroom. There are deep flavors of cherry starburst candy, red raspberry, guava puree and hints of teaberry. Energetic and engaging, this wine has some serious weight on the mid-palate. (Best 2016-2021) - November, 2016 (OB)

91 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Hazy orange color. Displays highly fragrant, ripe red berries, tangerine, peach and honey, with a suave floral overtone. Pliant and subtly sweet, offering palate-caressing raspberry, orange liqueur and rose pastille flavors that are braced by a suggestion of quinine. Juicy and seamless, with strong closing thrust and impressively persistent floral and bitter orange pith.

2015 Wirtz Garden Edelzwicker

90 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Pale yellow. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of tangerine, quince and jasmine take on a hint of white pepper. Dry and sharply focused on the palate, offering refreshingly bitter citrus zest and pear skin flavors that deepen slowly with air. Fresh and lively, finishing with very good clarity and mineral-driven persistence.

91 points — International Wine Report

This excellent wine is sourced from older blocks of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris at the Wirtz Vineyard. Having aromatics of white peach, lemon blossom, saffron and hints of mint, this effervescent wine yields flavors of Granny Smith apple, unripe pear, nectarine rind and hints of lemon zest. Complex and exceedingly delicious, this has nice poise for the vintage. (Best 2016-2020) - November, 2016 (OB)

2015 Pinot Gris - Wirtz Vineyard

92 points — International Wine Report

This pale pink colored Pinot Gris is another compelling release from Big Table Farm and head winemaker Brian Marcy. The wine begins with a bouquet of orange blossom, pink grapefruit, white flowers and hints of cardemom. The wine has flavors of white peach, mango, baked Gravenstein apple and a polished finish. On the palate this has notable weight and a lovely mineral streak on the finish making this a delight to savor right now. (Best 2016-2022) - November, 2016 (OB)

90 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Sharply focused lime zest, pear and jasmine scents carry honey and mineral overtones. Dry and fleshy in the mouth, offering bitter citrus pith, pear and fresh fig flavors that put on weight with air. Concentrated yet nervy, finishing with very good energy and orchard-fruit-driven persistence.

90 points — Wine Spectator

The salmon color is darker than some rosés. The nubby texture suggests skin contact and the flavors prove it, with a hint of raspberry to the pear notes at the center. A serious effort. Drink now through 2019. 159 cases made. –HS

90 points — The Wine Advocate

I'm not usually one for orange wines, but I have to confess that I brought the 2015 Pinot Gris Wirtz Vineyard home from my tastings and enjoyed drinking this one! It doesn't say "orange wine" on the label, but as soon as you pour a glass of this amber colored nectar, you know you are firmly in orange territory. The nutty, oxidative nose of salted almonds, Marmite toast and potpourri confirms this is no ordinary Pinot Gris, which in my book is no bad thing. The medium-bodied palate is pleasantly clean, savory and possesses a firm, pleasantly bitter phenolic grip. The finish keeps you coming back for another sip—the ultimate test of a good wine. Go on, try it!
Drink Date: 2017 - 2019. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti Brown. Issue Date: 31st Aug 2017.

2014

2014 Chardonnay - Willamette Valley

91 points — Wine Spectator

Bright, taut and focused, with spicy pear and Meyer lemon flavors that dance into a long and lively finish. Drink now through 2020. –HS

92 points — The Pinot File

Sourced from six sites. Barrel fermented, 100% malolactic fermentation, aged 10-11 months in French oak barrels, about 15% new. Unfined and unfiltered. Light golden yellow and clear in the glass. This is a special wine that I look forward to each year. Aromas of lemon oil, creme brulee, and salty apple lead to a slightly creamy palate offering vivid flavors of citrus fruits, honey and pear. Beautifully crafted with everything in step.13.2% alc., 700 cases. Score: 92.

92 points — International Wine Report

The 2014 Big Table Farm 'Willamette Valley' Chardonnay is another great new release wine from head winemaker Brian Marcy. This wine begins with aromas of Meyer lemon oil, roasted hazelnuts and crushed white flowers with hints of mushroom. There are flavors of brioche, pink grapefruit, orange blossom, peach pit and Meyer lemon rind. Lovely long and lingering finish to this great bottling. (Best 2016-2023) - April, 2016 (OB)

91 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Limpid yellow. Aromas of ripe pear, tangerine and smoky lees, along with hints of vanilla and jasmine in the background. Smooth and broad on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. The smoky note recurs on a long, floral-tinged finish sharpened by a kick of juicy acidity.

2014 Elusive Queen Chardonnay

98 points, Wine of the Year — Karen MacNeil, Winespeed

Big Table Farm’s Chardonnay is my pick for Wine of the Year—not only because it is an amazing wine (which it is). But also because, in a sea of utterly ordinary chardonnay, it reminds us just how inspiring artisanal chardonnay can be. Here’s my review from our October 14th edition.

To say that this chardonnay is closer to great white Burgundy that any other American wine I have ever tasted is true; but it may not give the wine enough credit, for Elusive Queen is an otherworldly ascent into complexity and hedonism. The wine, rich and languorous, seems held together by shimmers of energy. The golden flavors, laced with minerals, are impeccable and intriguing. This is not a typical chardonnay; this is exquisite and daring music.

94 points — The Pinot File

A barrel selection and a little more new oak than the regular Willamette Valley bottling. Light golden color and clear in the glass. A little more fruit richness, structure and finish than the regular bottling. Upon entry, the wine fills the cheeks with a panoply of orchard fruit and apple flavors with a subtle sense of spicy oak seasoning. There is just enough tannin to add body and backbone, and a crisp, slightly viscous finish entices the drinker to take another sip. 13.6% alc., 100 cases. Score: 94.

93 points — International Wine Report

Big Table Farm has crafted a cellarworthy Chardonnay here. Head winemaker, Brian Marcy, makes the 'Elusive Queen' Chardonnay sing with aromatics reminiscent of Mandarin orange, nectarine, cantaloupe and suggestions of nutmeg. There are flavors of vanilla cream, Pink Lady apple, lemon custard and a touch of butterscotch. Esteemed bottling here that has lovely weight, balance, smoothness and a seamless texture. Only 100 cases produced of this beautiful Chardonnay. (Best 2016-2026) - April, 2016 (OB)

92 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Vivid straw-yellow. Aromas of ripe pear, Meyer lemon and smoky minerals, plus hints of buttered toast, honeysuckle and anise in the background. Smooth, sappy and concentrated, offering palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors and complicating ginger and toasty lees flourishes. The smoke and floral notes recur on a very long, silky finish, which is sharpened by a hit of zesty acidity.

2014 Pinot Gris - Wirtz Vineyard

90 points — Wine Enthusiast

A striking shade of amber/orange, this soft and fruity wine is open and loose knit, with broad flavors of mature, slightly oxidized tree fruits, plus lightly spicy notes of cinnamon and baking spices. It’s very well made, but well apart from any standard approach.

2014 Syrah - Rogue Valley

92 — International Wine Report

Deep, dark and brooding in the glass, the 2014 Rogue Valley Syrah entices with its aromatics of raw meat, orange rind and chocolate fudge aromatics. The weight and tension in the wine is apparent, as black raspberry cordial, blackberry jam, coffee ground and peat moss flavors continue to excite. Balanced and full of life, this outstanding wine will cellar marvelously over the next decade.

92 — Washington Wine Blog

Deep, dark and brooding in the glass, the 2014 'Rogue Valley' Syrah entices with its bulls blood, orange rind, and chocolate fudge aromatics. The weight and tension in the wine is apparent, as black raspberry cordial, blackberry jam, coffee ground and peat moss flavors excite. Balanced and full of life, this outstanding wine will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028.

9 to 9.5 — Vinography

Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cassis and blackberry pie. In the mouth, rich blackberry pie and cassis flavors have a faintly salty edge to them with juicy acidity and a nice floral quality. Rich and tasty, with savory notes of kalamata olives in the finish. 14.9% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5.

2014 Pinot Noir - Wirtz Vineyard

92 points — The Pinot File

Label shows Maple seeds drawn by Clare. The original plantings were vines obtained from Charles Coury so their origin and clonal type is unknown. 40 plus year-old vines. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of cherry, cardamom spice and toasty oak. Light to mid weight flavors of cherry, crystallized raspberry, cranberry, spice and smoke. Good energy and freshness, with surprising mid palate presence, gentle tannins and some finishing goodness. Score: 92

92 points — Wine & Spirits

All of the savor and foresty presence in this wine appears to be linked up with vine age: This grows at a 40-year-old vineyard planted with vine material provided by Oregon wine industry pioneer Charles Coury. It offers an earthy, thyme-scented aroma, flavors of black cherry and cardamom, and a texture that's nimble and lean, with foresty tannins that provide length.

91 points — Wine Spectator

Fresh and lively, with powdery tannins around a sleek core of pear-accented guava and rose petal flavors, dancing deftly through the finish. Drink now through 2022. 367 cases made. –HS

2014 Pinot Noir - Cattrall Brothers Vineyard

92 points — Wine Spectator

Lithe and expressive, open-textured and distinctive, with pear-accented black cherry, blackberry and savory spice flavors, dancing merrily into a lively finish framed with powdery tannins. Best from 2018 through 2022.—H.S

91 points — The Pinot File

Label shows Tom Cattrall’s grape delivery truck drawn by Clare. Own-rooted Wädenswil clone organically farmed. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Pleasant perfume of crushed berries. Light to mid weight flavors of black cherry and plum with generous tannin somewhat buffered by juicy acidity. Complimentary oak is supportive, and the tangy, cherry-driven finish satisfies. Score: 91

2014 Pinot Noir - Pelos Sandberg Vineyard

93 points — Wine Spectator

Supple, expressive and appealing, with density and deft balance, offering rich blueberry and cherry flavors that come together smoothly on the generous finish. Drink now through 2024.—H.S

94 points — International Wine Report

The 2014 'Pelos Sandberg Vineyard' Pinot Noir is a stunner from Big Table Farm. This wine begins with intense aromas of barnyard, Shitake mushroom, unami, white pepper and boysenberry. There are flavors of blood orange, forest floor, black truffle and black cherry. Tremendous range and balance to this superlative bottling.(Best 2016-2030) - April, 2016 (OB)

93 points — The Pinot File

Label features Don’s tractor. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Plenty of whole cluster goodness stands out on the nose that offers aromas of dark berries, Moroccan spices, smoke and rose petal. A highly unique wine that doesn’t taste like every other Oregon Pinot Noir. The wine always has a characteristic smoke and manure note that compliments the flavors of dark berries, blueberries, pomegranate and spice. The tannins are immersed, the acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant, and the finish is uncommonly generous and spicy. 13.6% alc., $48. Score: 93.

90 points — Wine & Spirits Magazine

There's an insistent spice-forward whole-cluster presence to this 2014. The wine is intensely fragrant: dried bergamot, wood smoke, a tin of pu-erh tea. Those scents adorn dark berry fruit that needs time to form a satisfying core and to counterbalance all that savory spice. (August 2016 issue)

2014 Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley

95 points — James Suckling

Intriguing aromas of spices, meat, dried berries and lemons follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a fresh and fruity finish. Linear backbone to this generous wine. Drink or hold.

91 points — Wine Spectator

Lithe, supple and expressive, layered with spice, orange peel and cherry flavors on a polished and buoyant frame, lingering on the detailed finish. Drink now through 2024. —HS

92 points — International Wine Report

This wine begins with a perfumed aromatics of black truffle oil, forest floor, black cherry and boysenberry. There are flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, Mandarin orange rind, black truffle, and hints of white pepper. Lovely weight and silky texture in this Pinot that showcases this outstanding vintage.(Best 2016-2028) - April, 2016 (OB)

91 points — The Pinot File

Sourced from all the winery’s Pinot Noir sites. Aged in a combination of new, used and neutral French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely scent of dark fruits, spice, bacon, pine sap and rose petal, holding up nicely over time in the glass. More sappy fruit in this vintage offering glorious flavors of dark raspberry, blackberry, anise, smoke, and plum reduction sauce that saturate the palate with goodness. A floral note in the background confirms the presence of whole clusters. Something about this wine’s flavor profile seems to reflect an Asian slant. A very interesting and complex wine that has enough structure and acidity to bring the fruit in balance. A bold wine by Oregon standards. 13.8% alc. $42. Score: 91.

Vivino 2018 Wine Style Awards — top wine in the OR Pinot Noir category

2014 Pinot Noir - Sunnyside Vineyard

93 points — Wine Spectator

Sleek and expressive, with complex layers of black cherry and blackberry. Hints of licorice and tar come together harmoniously as the finish gains momentum. Intense but not heavy. Drink now through 2024. — H.S

94 points — James Suckling

Fascinating aromas of orange peel, strawberries and fresh mushrooms follow through to a full body, layered fruit and ripe tannins. Hints of tar. Structured. Give it two or three years to soften. Try in 2018.

92 points — The Pinot File

Label shows rooster drawn by Clare. This vineyard was planted in 1971. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Shy aromas of black cherry and apple fritter. A middleweight fruit-driven wine with plenty of black cherry and black raspberry flavor accented with savory herbs. Noticeable but not intrusive tannins, with a comforting texture and a modestly long but vibrant finish. This wine grows on you over time in the glass.Score: 92

93 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Limpid ruby-red. High-pitched raspberry, cherry and blood orange scents are complemented by suggestions of cola and musky flowers. Shows wonderful energy and focus to the concentrated red berry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors, which are given a refreshingly bitter edge by an exotic touch of orange pith. Closes sappy, spicy and very long, with even tannins framing the energetic red fruit.

2014 Pinot Noir - Yamhill-Carlton

92 points — The Pinot File

Label shows Barn of Yamhill County drawn by Clare. Addition of Kalita Vineyard combined with Coats and Whitney vineyards. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of blackberry and black cherry, showing inviting intensity and purpose that carries over to the exuberant finish. Seamless, with supportive tannins and an earthy thread in the background. Score: 92

91 points — Wine & Spirits

This wine feels lavishly oaked when first poured, the wood so pronounced you might not expect the flavors to show through with such vibrancy and lift a day later. It's mostly spiced cherry and strawberry beneath the fram, the barrel notes becoming an afterthought. Give this time in the cellar to knit.

2014 Earth Pinot Noir

95 points and 2016 Top 100: #54 — International Wine Report

Head winemaker Brian Marcy, has had previous stops at Neyers Vineyards and Marcassin before starting Big Table Farm with Clare Carver. The 2014 'Earth' Pinot Noir is one for the cellar. This intense wine starts with aromas reminiscent of unami, black truffle oil, tar, Marcona almond, wild blackberry preserves and white pepper. Gorgeous range of aromatics at play. There are flavors of black cherry, wild blackberry, cola, black truffle and sandalwood. as the finish lingers. The texture and fruit weight is exceptional. Head winemaker Brian Marcy has created a scintillating bottling here that will only improve with some bottle age. Only 100 cases produced of this incredible wine. (Best 2016-2030) - April, 2016 (OB)

94 points — The Pinot File

Label features a cattle skull. Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of crushed black cherries, exotic spices, rose petal and a hint of oak. The wine hits the palate with vigor, offering bright flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and smoky spices. Beautifully balanced and refined with a finish that holds on for dear life. This wine does not have the power of the Willamette Valley and Pelos- Sandberg offerings, but is more seductive with sleek tannins and a polished demeanor. This is a black tie wine that commands plenty of respect. 13.8% alc., 108 cases, $105. Score: 94.

94 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

Deep red. Vibrant red berry, cherry and potpourri aromas show impressive clarity and bright notes of zesty minerals and spice. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, energetic raspberry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors and a subtle touch of mocha. Gains weight with air and finishes extremely long, sweet and floral; fine-grained tannins add gentle grip. The interplay of depth and vivacity here is superb.

2014 Laughing Pig Rosé

92 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

Dark, slightly hazy orange-pink. Deeply pitched raspberry, cherry compote, blood orange and rose oil aromas are lifted by subtle notes of cinnamon and white pepper. Broad, fleshy and dry on the palate, offering concentrated, penetrating red fruit and orange marmalade flavors and a strong suggestion of spicecake. Quite exotic and densely packed, this wine stretches the definition of rosé in the best sense (readers who have had the chance to try Maggie Harrison's Antica Terra Angelicall and the supernal Cerasuolo of Edoardo and Francesco Paolo Valentini will know what I mean). Finishes with excellent thrust and spice-driven persistence. I imagine that this would pair superbly with roasted birds or steak tartare and the cheese-matching potential here is limitless.

2013

2013 Chardonnay - Willamette Valley

94 points and Year's Best Chardonnay — Wine & Spirits Magazine

There are honeybees on the label of Big Table Farms' 2013 Chardonnay, and while the flavors aren't sweet, it does have a suave texture that brings honey to mind. From its luxurious, bready lees aromas and whiff of perfectly ripe apples to the savory, whey-like flavors and the freshness of it's texture, this wine conveys a gentle presence that all but forces you to lean in. Gorgeous in it's youth, it has structure to age well.

93 points — Wineanorak

From vineyards with acreage contracts. Half from Wirtz (old 108 clone), half from Bieze (newer Dijon clones). Textured, broad, nutty and savoury with lovely acid despite the richness. Mealy and broad with nice spiciness. Textured yet precise. 13.9% alcohol.

91 points — Wine Spectator

Light and sleek, this refined style unfurls pear, floral and spice flavors gracefully. This has presence and elegance. Drink now through 2018. 476 cases made.

90 points — The Pinot File

Grapes sourced from Bieze, Durant, Wirtz and Yates Conwill vineyards. Unfined and unfiltered. Light golden yellow and slightly hazy in the glass. Welcoming aromas of citrus oil, spice, and honeysuckle. Soft and smooth on the palate, with bright flavors of yellow peach, apple, lemon zest and spice. A somewhat demure style that is beautifully balanced, finishing with zippy lemony acidity. 476 cases.

2013 Edelzwicker - Wirtz Vineyard

92 points — Wineanorak

This is 50% Riesling, 30% Gewurztraminer, 15% Pinot Gris and 5% Sylvaner. It comes from a remarkable old vineyard, planted in the early 1970s, that Brian discovered when he went to buy some equipment. Textured and fresh with lively citrus fruit, some herbs, and nice weight and detail. Notes of spice and grapes.

2013 Syrah - Rogue Valley

92 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous

Bright violet. Heady, spice-accented cassis and cherry cola scents are complemented by deeper notes of licorice and musky underbrush. Sweet red, black and blue fruit flavors are complicated by suggestions of violet, spicecake and bitter chocolate, and a peppery nuance gains strength with aeration. Picks up energy and a touch of minerality on the youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind juicy dark berry and floral pastille notes.

2013 Pinot Noir - Pelos Sandberg Vineyard

94 points — Wine & Spirits Magazine

From one of Big Table Farm's main old-vine vineyard sources, this 2013 is supple and sturdy at once. A percentage of whole-cluster fermentation renders a textural heft, as well as a savory background complexity. At the core, a pure red fruit note sings, smoothing out the wine as it gives a gorgeous extra dimension.

92 points — Wine Spectator

Fresh and sleek, with nubby tannins underlying the cherry and blueberry flavors, mingling harmoniously as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2022. 303 cases made.

9.0 - 9.5 — Vinography

Light ruby in the glass, this wine smells of pungent cedar and crushed herbs with a hint of lavender. In the mouth very silky flavors of raspberry, lavender, cedar and crushed dried and fresh herbs have an incredible aromatic presence. Very nicely balanced acidity makes for a wonderfully delicious package. The faintest of tannins linger in the finish with scents of dried flowers. 12.8% alcohol.

92 points — The Pinot File

One acre each of Pommard and 777. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Upbeat aromas of black cherries, rose petal, spice, herbs and oak all interacting in harmony. Discreetly concentrated core of black cherry fruit complimented by smoky oak and an earthy presence. The tannins are well balanced and the juicy acidity adds tension. The wine finishes very suave with a cherry-fueled wave of goodness. 303 cases.

92 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

Dark red. Heady, complex aromas of fresh red berries, rhubarb, potpourri and five-spice powder, with a subtle hint of cola emerging slowly. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that tighten up in the mid-palate. Packs a pretty serious punch but comes off as lithe, finishing with excellent energy and smooth tannins that build stealthily.

2013 Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley

9.0 — Vinography

Pale ruby in color, this wine smells of crushed herbs and dried flowers, suggesting whole cluster fermentation. In the mouth, wonderfully delicate flavors of raspberry and raspberry leaf mix with crushed green herbs and a faint earthy note. Silky and plush, with perhaps less acidity than I would like, but in this case this adds to the impression of delicacy. Very pretty. Barely perceptible tannins. 12.1% alcohol.

90 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

Limpid red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complicated by suggestions of allspice and sassafras, with a hint of smoky minerals in the background. Bright and nervy on the palate, offering incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of musky rhubarb. Finishes taut and spicy, with smooth tannins coming up slowly.

90 points — Wine & Spirits Magazine

Pretty and light, with tangy red fruit flavors, this has a frisky, juicy, cherry core that counterbalances a mildly tarry tannic grip.

91 points — Wine Enthusiast

Lush aromatics conjure up dreams of strawberry cream. This is quite pretty, with perfect balance among its components of fruit, acid and tannin, set comfortably in a compact frame.

2013 Pinot Noir - Sunnyside Vineyard

91 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

Deep red. Sexy, spice-laced red berry, cherry and lavender pastille scents are overlaid by a smoky quality. Taut and nervy on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering gently sweet raspberry and cola flavors that are given lift by tangy acidity. Closes sappy, spicy and very long, with smooth tannins adding shape to the wine's juicy red fruit.

92 points — The Pinot File

10 acres south of Salem planted to Wädenswil and 777 clones. Harvested before the September rains. Whole cluster fermented 777 only. Unfined and unfiltered. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, blueberry and sous-bois lead to a vivacious core of assorted dark red, blue and purple fruits accented with notes of smoky oak, dark chocolate and mulch. Plenty of sap to satisfy and a generous lip-smacking finish of welcome length. 11.5% alc., 211 cases, $48. Score: 92.

93 points — Wine Enthusiast

Among a fascinating array of low-alcohol Pinots from this producer, this is the standout. Bright, tart raspberry fruit, immaculately clean and refreshing, is backed with crystalline minerality. There’s a touch of wet cement and a persistent, engaging finish.

94 points — Wine Spectator

Supple, complex and harmonious, weaving together savory spice and autumn leaf overtones with ripe currant and black plum flavors. Open-textured and seductive, this unfurls gracefully through the long finish. Drink now through 2023.

2013 Pinot Noir - Cattrall Brothers Vineyard

92 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

Bright red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, Asian spices, licorice and mocha, plus a bright mineral overtone. Sappy, gently sweet and penetrating on the palate, with intense black raspberry and rose pastille flavors opening nicely with aeration. Notes of cola and mocha appear on the strikingly long, spicy finish, which is framed by well-integrated tannins.Bright red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, Asian spices, licorice and mocha, plus a bright mineral overtone. Sappy, gently sweet and penetrating on the palate, with intense black raspberry and rose pastille flavors opening nicely with aeration. Notes of cola and mocha appear on the strikingly long, spicy finish, which is framed by well-integrated tannins.

90 points — The Pinot File

A higher elevation (700 feet) and cooler site. Own-rooted Wädenswil clone planted in the 1980s and organically farmed. 100% whole cluster fermented. Unfined and unfiltered. Light cherry red color in the glass. Uplifting aromas of cherry spice lead to a light to mid weight core of red cherry and red berry fruits that are vibrant. Well integrated whole cluster character, with balanced tannins and a vivid cherry fueled finish. 11.2% alc., $48. Score: 90.

2013 Pinot Noir - Wirtz Vineyard

92 points — The Pinot File

40 plus year old vines. A small amount of Pinot Gris is interplanted in this vineyard and included in the fermentation. 100% de-stemmed since the grapes offer enough spice on their own. Unfined and unfiltered. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Magical aromas of fresh cherry, berry, toasty oak and spice. Both fruity and savory featuring an array of darker red and purple berry flavors that have uncommon swagger at this low ABV. Nicely composed, with modest tannins, a hint of smoky oak, and a generous, lip-smacking finish that lingers. 11.5% alc., 157 cases, $48. Score: 92.

92 points — Wine Enthusiast

This elegant wine is spicy and aromatic, with pretty floral highlights. Orange peel, rosewater, cherry soda and clean, refreshing acidity are all in play. The lingering finish is a bonus.

2013 Pinot Noir - Yamhill-Carlton

93 points — The Pinot File

A new offering. 75% Pommard and 25% Wädenswil from the 7-acre Coats & Whitney Vineyard. Some whole cluster fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Deeply perfumed with aromas of cherry, strawberry and rose petal. Delicious attack of black cherry and raspberry fruits complimented by notes of savory herbs, spice and vanilla. Very juicy, with a soft mouthfeel and a suave finish. 11.8% alc., 150 cases, sold out. Score: 93.

2012

2012 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

95 points — The Wine Spectator

Brilliantly focused, tangy and balanced, offering towering flavors of pear, pineapple, cream and floral on a pinpoint of acidity, broadening into an expressive, explosive finish. Delivers tremendous precision, persistence and expression.

2012 Pinot noir - Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard

94 points – The Pinot File

Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. A glorious nose offers upbeat aromas of black raspberry, cherry, blueberry, spice, and espresso. This wine has more oak presence than I like initially, but the fruit intensity can take it, and the wine sheds its oak the longer it sits in the glass. Vibrant fruit flavors of well-ripened black raspberry and black cherry, nicely spiced. Similar to the Willamette Valley wine in flavor profile but more intensity, a longer finish, and a more seductively plush mouth feel. This wine grows on you, the longer you spend with it. Easily a ten year wine.

93 points – Stephen Tanzer's IWC

Bright ruby-red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a hint of sassafras in the background. Concentrated yet lithe on the palate, offering sappy, spice-tinged dark berry flavors and a bracing jolt of acidity that adds focus and lift. Rounds out with air and shows excellent clarity and alluring sweetness on the long, gently tannic finish.

94 points – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Here's the most complete red we've tasted so far from 2012 in the Willamette Valley. Scents of tar and lavender suggest stem contact (about 30 percent, according to winemaker Brian Marcy); add to this a whiff of salted plums and black cherries. The flavors are juicy and mouthwatering, unabashedly generous and approachable, with a saturation of flavor that's deeply satisfying.

93 points – Wine Spectator

Supple, open-textured and distinctive, with earthy, savory nuances around a core of plum and spice flavors. Hints of smoke and grilled meat add extra depth as the finish lingers expressively. Drink now through 2022.

2012 Pinot noir Resonance Vineyard Yamhill Carlton District

93 points – Stephen Tanzer's IWC

Brilliantly focused, tangy and balanced, offering towering flavors of pear, pineapple, cream and floral on a pinpoint of acidity, broadening into an expressive, explosive finish. Delivers tremendous precision, persistence and expression.

93 points – Wine Spectator

Sleek and ripe, with blackberry and cherry flavors on a polished frame, picking up a granite note as the finish persists. The tannins build on the finish, marking this as one for the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2022.

93 points – Wineanorak

Warm, ripe and spicy with a hint of tar. Very interesting: ripe and warm, but it still has definition and precision. There’s plenty of ripe sweet fruit, but also good definition and precision. 14.7% alcohol.

94 points – The Pinot File

14.7% alc., 326 cases, $48. Last vintage from this vineyard, which was sold to Burgundy producer Louis Jadot in 2013. Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is stunning, with an array of nuanced scents including plum, blackberry, black raspberry, sous-bois, exotic spices and bark. Mid weight plus core of well-ripened purple and black fruits, nicely spiced with well-integrated oak. Very fruity, slightly sweet and juicy, with a firm tannic backbone. Bigger, riper and sappier in this vintage as one would expect from a somewhat warm site in a warmer vintage. Evolves beautifully over time in the glass and is much better later in the day, offering a remarkably long grand cru finish. A memorable swan song.

2012 Pinot noir Sunnyside Vineyard Willamette Valley

93 points – Stephen Tanzer's IWC

Brilliant ruby-red. Candied red berries, rose oil and five-spice powder on the highly perfumed, mineral-tinged nose. Shows very good depth and energy, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain weight and spiciness with aeration. Creamy and seamless in texture but comes off as lithe, with no excess fat. Dusty tannins provide a framework for the wine's juicy, expansive fruit on the spicy, floral back end.

91 - 92 points – The Pinot File

14.1% alc., 230 cases, $48. The owners of this vineyard have tended it for over 30 years. Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Appealing initially, with bright aromas of berry jam, spice and subtle smoky oak, picking up appeal over time in the glass. A mid weight, glorious combination of plum and boysenberry fruits with a riff of smoke and anise. The fruit is ripe but not over ripe and definitely makes a statement. The texture is silky, the tannins are reserved, and the finish offers a good cut of citrus-driven acidity. This wine could use a little more time in bottle for the smoky oak to fully integrate.

92 — Wine Spectator

Fresh and vibrant, with juicy, cranberry-tinged blackberry and white pepper flavors. A medium-weight wine, finishing on a savory note. Shows depth and persistence. Drink now through 2020. 230 cases made.

2012 Pinot noir Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills

92 points – Stephen Tanzer's IWC

Brilliant ruby-red. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of red berry liqueur, cherry pit, candied rose and minerals, with a suave Asian spice nuance adding complexity. Shows very good clarity and lift to its vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, with complicating hints of allspice and black cardamom. Nervy, focused and pure on the penetrating finish, which features silky tannins and a suave, lingering floral flourish.

94 points — Wine Spectator

Bright, focused and generous, with red berry, cinnamon and plum flavors, playing harmoniously on a vivid, lively canvas. Has presence, elegance and refreshing lift on the finish. Drink now through 2022.

89 - 90 points — The Pinot File

13.2% alc., 161 cases, $49. Tom and Bill Cattrall organically farm this vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. Own-rooted Wädenswil vines. Fermented 50% whole cluster. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose offers aromas of black cherry, Marionberry, briar patch and tobacco oak. Modest in concentration but highly flavorful, with a good tannic backbone and acid spine. The middleweight flavors of plum reduction sauce and berry preserves are somewhat sappy and accented with a tug of oak. The lip smacking good finish is riff with bright acidity.

2012 Pinot noir Wirtz Vineyard

93 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC

Brilliant ruby-red. Mineral-accented dark berry and cherry scents show excellent clarity and a sexy floral quality, along with a touch of incense. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry and mulberry flavors sharpened by a jolt of white pepper. Gains sweetness and depth with air and finishes strikingly long and smooth, with supple tannins, echoing spiciness and a lingering rose pastille note.

92 points — The Pinot File

14.3% alc., 232 cases, $48. Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Highly aromatic, with bright scents of fresh raspberry coulis, cherry sauce, spice and a bit of smoky oak. A lovely wine with character, displaying a discreetly concentrated core of black cherry and black raspberry fruit. Definitely ripe but not over ripe, with a complimentary accent of oak-driven anise and black tea. The finish is persistent and highly pleasing, driven by tart cherry acidity. Tasted the 16 following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, more floral and spice accents appear, and the soft, fine tannins make for a dreamy mouthfeel.

92 points — Wine Spectator

Sleek and distinctive, with spicy, complex, dead leaf-accented cherry and raspberry flavors, hinting at sassafras as the finish lingers deftly, with depth and persistence. Best from 2016 through 2022. 232 cases made.

2012 Pinot noir Willamette Valley

95 points — Wine Spectator

Vibrant and intense, pulsing with mint-edged raspberry and spice flavors that ride easily over velvety tannins and persist on the refined, gently minerally finish. Drink now through 2022.

93 points — Wineanorak

40% whole cluster. Supple, warm and rounded with nice juiciness. Nicely textured with some spicy detail. There’s ripeness here, but also elegance. 14.1% alcohol.


2011

2011 Pinot Gris - Wirtz Vineyard

The Pinot File

12.6% alc., 110 cases. An "orange" wine created by taking a traditionally white grape and leaving it on it's skins to add color and texture, then pressing and finished by fermenting to dryness in neutral French oak barrels. Full MLF, unfined and unfiltered. Medium blood orange color in the glass. An unusual wine that is challenging to describe properly. Aromas of citrus peel, melon and herbs. An easy drinker that is very light and extremely dry on the finish showing flavors of white stone fruits, white raspberries, vanilla, orange peel and toast. A welcome aperitif if chilled, or a good accompaniment to shellfish. Good.

2011 Riesing - Brooks Estate Vineyard

90 points — The Pinot File

11.4% alc., 91 cases. Barrel fermented to dryness with native yeasts and complete malolactic fermentation. Moderate golden yellow color and slight haze (unfiltered) in the glass. Lovely aromas of lemon zest, wet stone, buttered brioche and paraffin. Very flavorful with pleasing notes of lemon and grapefruit with a touch of spice and a subtle petrol note. Slightly creamy in the mouth with a firm grip of lemony acidity on the bright finish. I don’t drink much Riesling, but I know a great one when I taste it.

The Pinot File

12.8% alc., 136 cases. This is no surprise as Brian has worked extensively with Chardonnay at Neyers Vineyards and Marcassin in the past. 60% of the fruit is from Bieze Vineyard which shares a fence with Seven Springs Vineyard. The balance of the blend is from the Wirtz Vineyard which dates to the early 1970s. Barrel fermented in mixed aged French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered and not cold stabilized. Label is adorned with bees courtesy of Clare and her hives. Light straw color and clear in the glass. Brilliant aromas of fresh applesauce, the air after a rain, and graphite. Appealing flavors of baked apples, pear and lemony citrus. Slightly creamy on the palate with a refreshing lift of acidity on the finish. Not a showy or dolled-up wine, put pure and modest. One of the better Chardonnays I have had from Oregon. Bring on the oysters! - this is the ONLY Oregon chard in the PinotFiles 'First Team of All-Americans' in his end of year round up of chardonnays.

2011 Chardonnay Willamette Valley

91 points — Wine Spectator

Lively, fresh and distinctive for its aromatic accents of river stone and cardamom around a sleek core of lemon, white grapefruit and green apple flavors, persisting with finesse. Drink now through 2018. —H.S.

The Pinot File

12.8% alc., 136 cases. This is no surprise as Brian has worked extensively with Chardonnay at Neyers Vineyards and Marcassin in the past. 60% of the fruit is from Bieze Vineyard which shares a fence with Seven Springs Vineyard. The balance of the blend is from the Wirtz Vineyard which dates to the early 1970s. Barrel fermented in mixed aged French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered and not cold stabilized. Label is adorned with bees courtesy of Clare and her hives. Light straw color and clear in the glass. Brilliant aromas of fresh applesauce, the air after a rain, and graphite. Appealing flavors of baked apples, pear and lemony citrus. Slightly creamy on the palate with a refreshing lift of acidity on the finish. Not a showy or dolled-up wine, put pure and modest. One of the better Chardonnays I have had from Oregon. Bring on the oysters! - this is the ONLY Oregon chard in the PinotFiles 'First Team of All-Americans' in his end of year round up of chardonnays.

90 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

Representing a new wine for them, Carver and Marcy's 2011 Chardonnay comprises two barrels from old vines at Wirtz assembled with three from the first crop off of a new vineyard neighboring to, and shared with, Seven Springs. Silken in texture, and delicate in both its (under 13% alcohol) weight and its evocations of lemon oil, apple blossom, fresh lime and raw hazelnut, this lingers soothingly as well as refreshingly. It will be fascinating to follow for at least 2-3 years, though potential owners should bear in mind that it has been neither filtered nor cold-stabilized. (The barrels for this cuvee, incidentally - like many of those employed at Big Table as well as at Coleen Clemens - are ones first utilized by Marcassin.)

2011 Pinot noir Willamette Valley

91 points — The Pinot File

14.1% alc., 785 cases. A combination of new, once used and neutral barrels from all Pinot Noir sites. Whole cluster fermentation is the backbone of this wine. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Great nose with elevating aromas of ripe cherry mash, black grape preserves, and plum sauce. Good fullness with intoxicating exotic spices and a full complement of tasty black raspberry and plum fruits with a hint of Dr. Pepper, mocha java and cola. This pleasure juice is ready for current drinking. An impressive appellation wine that benefited from whole cluster fermentation in this vintage.

91 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC

Vivid ruby-red. Intense spice- and smoke-accented aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and potpourri, with a minerally nuance coming out with air. Silky, expansive and energetic, offering juicy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that are given spine by tangy acidity. Shows a suave blend of richness and vivacity and finishes very long, with sneaky tannins and a hint of licorice. At 14.1% alcohol this is pretty strapping by the standards of this producer, but the wine wears it effortlessly.

The Pinot File

12.6% alc., 519 cases. A combination of new, once used and neutral barrels from all Pinot Noir sites. Some aspect of whole cluster and the result of sur lie aging. Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very fragrant with scents of red cherries and wild strawberries. Fresh, bright and refreshingly juicy with flavors of red cherries, raspberries on the vine, watermelon, and toasty oak. Light and delicate, but charming with electric acidity. The best Willamette Valley bottling from Big Table Farm in a few years. Good (+).

90 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

Bringing together fruit from numerous sites including those also subjected to single-vineyard bottlings, the generic Big Table 2011 Pinot Noir reflects a roughly 50% share of whole clusters in the fermenter. Juicy wild cherry tinged with rose hip, hibiscus, geranium, mint and orange rind make for a refreshing and metaphorically cooling performance that's also delightfully buoyant (at 12.6% alcohol) and texturally tender. This exemplifies not just its vintage's delicious peculiarities but also virtues that - among red wines, at least - only Pinot Noir can deliver. I suspect this will delight through 2018.

2011 Pinot noir Resonance Vineyard Yamhill Carlton District

92 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Bright red. Spicy red berry and cherry pit aromas are complicated by notes of dried rose, blood orange and smoky minerals. Taut and bracing, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors and a sexy floral pastille quality. Energetic, precise and appealingly sweet on the finish, with the red berry and mineral notes resonating.

93-94 points — The Pinot File

12.9% alc., 287 cases. This vineyard is the warmest site in the Big Table Farm lineup. Typically this wine needs a few years to mature and this is evident in this vintage as well despite spending a year in barrel and a year in bottle. Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. A well-mannered wine with aromas of dark cherry, marionberry and spice that fill the glass. While the core of black cherry fruit is delicious now, the wine is relatively primary at this stage. Still, it is obviously a classy and sophisticated offering. The tannins are firm but balanced and the finish is juicy and well-endowed with grandiose fruit flavor. Hold for 2-3 years or decant if you must drink now. In the PinotFiles 'Team of All-Americans' in his end of year round up...

91 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate — David Schildknecht

Representing Carver's and Marcy's largest as well as (at 12.9%) highest alcohol lot of its vintage, their 2011 Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard features a luscious strawberry and red raspberry melange subtly marked by oak resin and caramel. The tannins here are noticeable but well-integrated, and musky allusions to peony and narcissus waft all the way through to the wine's long, lip-smacking finish. I imagine that this will perform well through at least 2020 and may well gain complexity along the way. (I learned just before going to press that next year's will be the last Big Table Resonance Pinot, now that the vineyard has been purchased by Jadot.)

2011 Pinot noir Sunnyside Vineyard Willamette Valley

92 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Vibrant aromas of strawberry, cola, blood orange and Asian spices. Suave, silky and weightless, with a penetrating quality to its flavors of red berries, spice cake and candied rose. A lively, emphatically spicy pinot, with excellent definition, suave florality and impressive finishing cling.

91 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate — David Schildknecht

Carver and Marcy's 2011 Pinot Noir Sunnyside Vineyard issues from a site southeast of Salem planted with Wadenswil already in 1970, that they have tapped here for the first time and report being meticulously and tirelessly farmed by the same family since the 1980s. Red currant and sour cherry give a juicy, tangy, berry-crunching vintage-typical account of themselves on a polished buoyant palate, with invigorating notes of cress and a mouthwatering lick of salt adding to the refreshing and sustained finishing appeal. This may well gain complexity with some time in bottle and ought surely to perform admirably through at least 2020.

91 points – Allen Meadows' Burghound

A pretty mélange of various red berry fruit, plum and floral aromas; I would advise decanting this as it definitely helped bring out the nose. There is good volume and intensity to the delicious and relatively fine medium-bodied flavors that possess a beguiling mouth feel, all wrapped in a dusty, complex, balanced and lingering finish. This is lovely and I very much like the style.

90 points — Wine and Spirits

Light and woodsy, this has a perfumed scent of dried rose petals and flavors of red cherry. While it feels light, it retains tension, ideal to pair with poached salmon.

2011 Pinot noir Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills

91 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Bright red. High-pitched aromas of red berries, star anise and smoky minerals. A suave floral pastille nuance emerges with air and joins sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors on the palate. Finishes with strong mineral cut and lingering floral and bitter cherry qualities. Quite graceful, and balanced to reward at least a few more years of patience.

93 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate — David Schildknecht

An extraordinarily Volnay-like nose and palate of porcini and morels steeped in fresh red fruits and tinged with spices characterizes Big Table's 2011 Pinot Noir Cattrall Brothers Vineyard. The alliance displayed here of textural tenderness and underlying richness with levity and sheer refreshment is irresistible. Moss, wet stone, and mineral salts lend further mouthwatering intrigue to a lusciously as well as invigoratingly lingering finish. Many growers advised me that any of their colleagues who claimed not to have chaptalized in 2011 were lying; but I'm quite sure the 11.9% alcohol in this late October-harvested Pinot from immaculately and organically tended vines is "natural"! Expect this umami-rich, delightfully distinctive elixir to perform with dazzling versatility through at least 2022.

94 points — Wine and Spirits

From an organically grown high-elevation vineyard near Amity, this wine starts out rather cool, dark and spice-driven, in keeping with the cool vintage. After a few moments a collection of red fruits peek out from the gloaming and slowly build. Brian Marcy and Clare Carver have crafted a remarkably expressive cool-climate pinot that provides graceful tension between fruit and savory elements, now sanguine, now sumptuous, at perilously low alcohol (11.9). It's persistent freshness and smokey, tarry savor make a lasting impression. (143 cases)

2011 Pinot noir Wirtz Vineyard

93 Points — Wine and Spirits

After an exuberant first impresion of purple fruit and purple flowers, this wine reveals an earthy bottom note. From vines planted in the early seventies, that earthiness grounds the wine as it lends complexity. After two days it remains smoky, with a fleshy middle and taut finish; poised and ready for roast chicken.

91 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Vivid red. High-pitched redcurrant, strawberry and blood orange scents are complemented by notes of spice cake and fresh flowers. Bright, racy and subtly sweet, offering zesty red fruit and floral flavors and a bracing jolt of minerality. Closes with lingering sweetness, soft tannins and a sexy note of candied rose.

94 points — The Pinot File

12.6% alc., 119 cases. This vineyard is old by Oregon standards as it was planted in the early 1970s. Brian likes to say he was still wearing diapers when the vines went into the ground in this vineyard. Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. This wine reminds of cherry pie baking day at cooking school. Deliciously flavored with ripe cherries and baking spices with a hint of sandalwood and wintergreen. Crisp and juicy with a long, spirited finish. Hard to put your finger on the reasons for it, but this wine grabs your interest and holds it. An old vine treasure. (In the PinotFiles 'First Team of All-Americans' end of year round up.)

93 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate — David Schildknecht

Wild ginger-, sassafras-, walnut- and lemon rind-inflected red berries scent and flavor. Carver and Marcy's 2011 Pinot Noir Wirtz Vineyard whose infectiously juicy brightness, incisive spiciness, zesty piquancy, red raspberry seed-crunch and cyanic cherry-pit glow are further augmented by a sharp and subsequently musky bite uncannily akin to rose radish. I imagined a significant contribution of stems in the fermenter given the great support, complexity, the vibrancy that attends the tannins here, but it turns out that nearly all of the fruit for this bottling was de-stemmed. Finishing with vibrant and invigorating persistence, this buoyant (12.6% alcohol) beauty ought to perform gloriously through at least 2022.

2011 Pinot noir - Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard

91 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Vivid red. Pungent, spice-accented cherry and blackberry aromas show very good clarity and a hint of tarragon. Sappy and penetrating, offering black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that pick up a smoky nuance with air. Supple tannins give shape to the subtly floral finish

The Pinot File

12.6% alc. A collaboration with Don, Johanna, Lynne and Perry who farm this vineyard. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose opens gradually, revealing aromas of dark cherries, violets, spice and brewed tea. Very satiny and seamless on the palate with a tasty core of fresh cherry fruit enhanced with accents of savory herbs. Modest weight, with very supple tannins, leaving behind a combination of cherries and green salad on the finish. I like this wine a lot for its easy manner. A very admirable effort in this difficult vintage. Very good.

90 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

Bringing together fruit from numerous sites including those also subjected to single-vineyard bottlings, the generic Big Table 2011 Pinot Noir reflects a roughly 50% share of whole clusters in the fermenter. Juicy wild cherry tinged with rose hip, hibiscus, geranium, mint and orange rind make for a refreshing and metaphorically cooling performance that's also delightfully buoyant (at 12.6% alcohol) and texturally tender. This exemplifies not just its vintage's delicious peculiarities but also virtues that - among red wines, at least - only Pinot Noir can deliver. I suspect this will delight through 2018.

NV Red Table Wine - 'Work Horse Red'

90 points — The Pinot File

Light purple. Redcurrant, cherry and Asian spices on the assertively perfumed nose. Bright and racy, offering intense red fruit flavors accented by cinnamon and allspice. Shows very good energy on the finish, which leaves notes of gingerbread and candied cherry behind. This intriguing wine is 90% 2010 pinot noir from the Resonance vineyard and 10% 2009 syrah and it was fermented with some whole clusters, which are no doubt responsible for its wild, spicy character.

The Pinot File

12.9% alc., 140 cases. A blend of 90% Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir (2011) and 10% White Hawk Syrah (2009). Label features Clare's plough horse. Fermented with some whole cluster. Aged in about 30% new French oak. Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Intensely fruity on the nose featuring aromas of cherry pie glaze and black raspberry jam, with hints of pipe smoke and oak. Rich and full-bodied on the palate with a lush core of black cherry and black raspberry fruits accented with spice and oak. Amazing amount of fruit flavor and soul packed into a wine with very low alcohol. Good.


2010

2010 Pinot noir - Pelos Sandberg Vineyard

93 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Bright red. Intensely perfumed nose offers raspberry compote, Asian spices and potpourri, plus subtle cola and incense top notes. Juicy and precise, with impressively focused, pure red fruit and floral pastille flavors that gain sweetness and power with air. Finishes spicy and long, with a lingering floral character.

91 Points — Wine and Spirits

Plummy, with scents of soy and beef tea, there's an earthy feel to this wine that grounds it in a savory realm from start to finish. It still feels young; cellar and serve with roast squab.

The Pinot File

Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Perfumed with oak-kissed, fresh Bing cherries. Tasty core of dark cherries on a light and elegant frame with subtle notes of spice and oak. Finishes strong with a black cherry flourish. Good.

2010 Pinot noir — Resonance Vineyard

92 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Bright red. Heady scents of candied red fruits, cola, vanilla and fresh rose. Juicy and lithe on the palate, offering sappy raspberry and cherry-cola flavors given spine by tangy acidity. A hint of blood orange adds cut to the very long, focused finish.

91 Points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

Utilizing five mini-vinifications, including some with stems, Carver and Marcy have crafted a 2010 Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard that seems to aptly showcase the virtues of this biodynamically farmed site in the Coastal Range foothills west of Carlton on Peter Rosback's stylistically very different renditions of which I report in this issue under Sineann. Fresh cherry, rose hip, and hibiscus in the nose follow as inner-mouth perfume on a bright, juicy, energetic palate, with a savory undertone of clean, marrowy meatiness and with orange rind, fresh ginger, rose hip, and cherry pit all lending intrigue and invigoration to the finish. This beauty should prove fascinating as well as versatile over at least the next 6-8 years.

The Pinot File

Label features Ronnie the steer at Big Table Farm. 75% whole cluster, aged sur lie in 30% new French oak barrels for 10 months. Unfined and unfiltered. Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose is a little tight, but offers attractive scents of dark red cherries and strawberries. A transparent wine of great pedigree and delicacy, with inviting flavors of pie cherries and ripe strawberries caressed by supple tannins and crisped by bright acidity. A very charming wine that won't knock your socks off with powerful extraction, but offers a gentile, extremely enjoyable drinking experience.

2010 Pinot noir - Cattrall Brothers Vineyard

92 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC

Bright red. Fragrant, complex bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, incense and floral oils, with a strong spice element. Racy and precise, with sweet raspberry and cherry flavors complemented by Asian spices and a touch of blood orange. Closes with excellent energy and focus, leaving star anise and bitter cherry notes behind.

The Pinot File

12.6% alc., 118 cases. Label features an old truck from the vineyard. Sourced from the oldest certified organic vineyard in Oregon that was planted in the early 1970s. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of black cherries, stem and new oak. Rounded cherry core with an herbal, savory riff, offering a silky mouth feel, supple tannins and impeccable balance. Still carrying a substantial load of oak. Needs more cellaring. Good.

2010 Pinot noir - Wirtz Vineyard

92 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Bright red. Sexy, heady aromas of raspberry, sassafras, star anise and potpourri, with a hint of blood orange. Sweet, penetrating red fruit flavors show excellent clarity and depth, with tangy acidity adding lift. Pure and focused pinot with strong finishing cut and lingering floral character. Packs a serious flavors punch but comes off as lithe.

91 Points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

Carver and Marcy's 2010 Pinot Noir Wirtz Vineyard combines high-toned evocations of kirsch and plum as well as green herbal distillates with heady bittersweet perfume of wisteria, iris, and mint for a head-turning bouquet. The inner-mouth perfume here is nearly as heady, and soars on a buoyant profusion of juicy fresh plum, cherry, and blueberry shadowed by their distilled counterparts. The wine wants to be silken and oh so refined.

2010 Pinot noir — Willamette Valley

90 points — Stephen Tanzer's IWC — Josh Raynolds

Light, bright red. Asian spices and red berries on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. This lithe, nervy pinot finishes with strong cut and very good persistence. No excess fat here.

90 Points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

Bringing together fruit from Pelos Sandberg and Johan vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills with Wirtz on the northwestern edge of the Willamette, the Big Table Willamette appellation 2010 Pinot Noir is sappier and less woody than its pure Pelos Sandberg counterpart, its fresh plum and cherry tinged with sassafras and brown spices. Only at one of the sites that inform this did natural alcohol reach 13%, but Marcy didn't chaptalize (though in 2011 he did a bit). One upshot is a levity that nicely fits the brightness and purity of fruit as well as the subtly silken texture on exhibit here. I suspect this will be best enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.

The Pinot File

Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Attractive aromas of red fruits, spice, sweet oak and pipe smoke. Light in weight with crisp and juicy red cherry and red berry flavors with farm-driven notes of tar, green garden and salinity.


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2009

2009 Pinot Noir — Resonance Vineyard

92 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

The 2009 Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (planted in the early 19980s) was also fermented with native yeasts, 75% whole clusters, and aged sur lie in 30% new French oak for 10 months. It emits a captivating bouquet of exotic spices, incense, raspberry, cherry, and smoke. Dense on the palate with succulent fruit and impeccable balance, this lengthy effort will be at its best over the next 8-10 years.

90 Points — Years Best Pinot Noir — Wine and Spirits

Rich and forward, this wine has the beautiful purity of fruit that Resonance frequently provides, evidenced by a beam of raspberry flavor and completed by a touch of cola on the finish. It needs time to knit then serve with roast salmon.

The Pinot File

Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 777 clones. Fermented with natural yeast, some pigeage, and aged sur lie in French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately deep garnet hue in the glass. Boisterous and alluring aromas of dark, rich Pinot fruits that just won’t quit. Delicious attack of dark berry jam with ever changing additional layers of flavor that include anise, lavender and Asian spice. This is a wine of discovery, revealing more interest with each sip. The tannins are reigned in making for approachability now and the succulent fruit is hard to resist, but this wine will get better with cellaring. Fabulous goût de terroir.

2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

92 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

The 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is sourced mainly from the Johan Vineyard south of McMinnville where yields were a tiny 1.4 tons per acre. The wine was fermented with native yeasts and 75% whole clusters and aged for 10 months in 33% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Aromas of smoke, underbrush, spice box, cherry, and rose petal compose the bouquet of this savory effort. In the glass it opens to reveal layered fruit, succulent flavors, enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years, and excellent balance. It will deliver optimum drinking until 2019.

91 Points — Wine and Spirits

This wine's pronounced aromas of spice range from bergamot to violets and anise, all in support of fresh ripe raspberry. Give it time for the intriguing spice and fruit from the whole-cluster fermentation to better integrate. Then serve with lean cut of lamb.

91 Points — Years Best Pinot Noir 2012 — Wine and Spirits

April 2012 edition.

2009 Pinot Noir - Cattrall Brothers Vineyard

93 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

The 2009 Pinot Noir Cattrall Brothers Vineyard (the oldest organically certified vineyard in Oregon planted in the early 1970s) was native fermented with 75% whole clusters from the Wadenswil clone. Aging was in entirely neutral oak. Pale ruby red in color, it sports fragrant aromas of spice box, cherry cola, brown sugar, incense, and floral notes. Velvety-textured, complex, and elegant on the palate, it is a forward effort meant for drinking now and over the next 6-7 years.

The Pinot File

From the oldest certified organic vineyard in Oregon, planted in the 1970s. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of cherries, strawberries, red roses and sandalwood. Delicate but tasty core of red fruits with strawberry flavor at the forefront and toasty oak and baking spices adding interest in the background. A charming wine with admirable balance that is drinking nicely now. Very Good.

2009 Riesling — Brooks Estate Vineyard

91 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

The new releases include one white wine, the 2009 Riesling Brooks Estate Vineyard. Not your typical Riesling, it was barrel-fermented in neutral oak, fermented completely dry, and aged sur lie with batonnage for 10 months before bottling without fining or filtration. Aromas of stony minerals, petrol, citrus, and spring flowers inform the nose of an intense, round, smooth-textured Riesling with a firm acid structure and exceptional length. It is likely to evolve for 2-3 years and could drink well for a decade.


2008

2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

94 points and Top 100 Wines of the year — Years Best Pinot Noir — Wine and Spirits

Wine and Spirits names it's picks for top 100 wines internationally for 2010 — yup Big Table Farm Pinot Noir!

93 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

The 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley was sourced primarily from the Johan Vineyard, made with 60% whole clusters, and aged in 25% new oak. It offers up a splendid nose of balsam wood, exotic spices, underbrush, cherry, and raspberry. Dense, sweet, and packed with fruit, it conceals enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. This pleasure-bent effort will be at its best until 2020.

The Pinot File

Moderate garnet color in the glass. The aromas of cherry/berry jam, roses and red jujubes are enticing. Discreet structural power with vivid berry fruit that is subtly spiced and smoked. A middle weight wine displaying a soft and smooth mouthfeel, fine-grain tannins and impeccable balance. A very impressive Willamette Valley bottling. Very good (+).

Portland Oregon Wine

The 2008 “Pig” Pinot Noir was our favorite at Cork’s recent tasting - Last Friday at Cork Wineshop, we tasted seven Pinot Noir varietals from Germany, Oregon, and Burgundy. Our clear favorite, the 2008 Big Table Farm from Willamette Valley, had finesse of an old world Burgundy with the punch of a new world syrah. A great Pinot Noir debut.

94 Points and Best Buy — Wine and Spirits

Ex-Napans Brian Marcy and Clare Carver draw this elegant pinot noir from Johan Vineyard near McMinnville. At the outset, the wine has an appealing scent of strawberry jam, an aroma that becomes more ethereal and lifted with air. The texture is weightless, the flavors bright and limpid, with just the finest dusting of caramel oak and red cherry. A modest earth note keeps the wine grounded. For plank roasted salmon.

2008 Pinot Noir — Resonance Vineyard

94 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

The 2008 Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard was sourced from a biodynamically farmed site and made with 75% whole clusters, naturally fermented, and aged sur lie. Medium ruby red, it offers up a seductive perfume of cedar, earth notes, Asian spices, incense, cherry, and raspberry. Mouth-filling, sweetly-fruited, intense, and concentrated,this precision effort will evolve for several years and deliver prime drinking until 2023.

The Pinot File

Rich, deep, brooding dark red fruits with a savory underpinning of chanterelle mushrooms, loamy earth and cardamon spice. This wine has impressive intensity on the mid palate, a pillowy texture, and a finish like a three hour movie you don’t want to end. Still a little closed, seemingly possessing more hidden charm waiting to get out. Cellar this wine for one to two years for ultimate gratification. Love the low alcohol. A very heavenly and sensual pleasure. Truly exceptional.

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The Oregonian "Sur lie aging and a careful combination of new and used oak make this splurge wine a delight for the senses, with a silky texture and lightly spiced baked fruit flavors. Josephine the cow, a resident of Big Table Farm, gets a star turn on the keepsake-worthy label." - Katherine Cole

The San Francisco Chronicle

"Burnt orange peel, sweet extracted cherry and a bell-clear cranberry highlight, with a mineral edge. Hard to access at first - it's still pretty young - but there's ample ripeness amid its edgy acidity." Jon Bonné of The San Francisco Chronicle (one of 13 wines chosen out of 80 Oregon Pinot Noirs - fall of '09).

94 Points and Best Buy — Wine and Spirits

Ex-Napans Brian Marcy and Clare Carver draw this elegant pinot noir from Johan Vineyard near McMinnville. At the outset, the wine has an appealing scent of strawberry jam, an aroma that becomes more ethereal and lifted with air. The texture is weightless, the flavors bright and limpid, with just the finest dusting of caramel oak and red cherry. A modest earth note keeps the wine grounded. For plank roasted salmon.

2008 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard

91 points — Wine and Spirits

Give this time in a decanter to evolve past its blunt, grapy strawberry flavors and the arc of the wine grows more apparent. The crisp lines of the structure take shape, lengthening the earthy flavor detail, adding the complexity ripe stems bring to a wine as it ages - the fermentation included 50 percent whole cluster without yeast inoculation and the wine was bottled with out fining or filtration.


2006

2006 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard

90 points — Robert Parker — Wine Advocate

Dense purple, with the nose exhibiting blackberry and acacia flower notes, this 2006 Syrah has good acidity, medium to full body, and beautiful purity and length. Amazingly, this wine was made in two lots - one with 75% whole clusters and the second lot completely de-stemmed. The wine is superb, drinks well already, but should age nicely for another 5-6 years.

The Oregonian

California?! Yes, the grapes were sourced from White Hawk Vineyard in Santa Barbara County; and the inky wine is made in a California style, with concentrated blackberry, black pepper, gravel and smoked bacon on the finish. But a brambly aroma and bright acidity bring elegance to the glass ... and a 2009 Oregon pinot noir is in the works. The letterpress label is a stunning example of Clare Carver's artwork.