Big Table Farm

Owner(s) Clare Carver, Brian Marcy
Web site www.bigtablefarm.com
 
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Big Table Farm

Big Table Farm is a collaborative effort between winemaker Brian Marcy and artist Clare Carver. The pair moved to Oregon from Napa, bought a farmhouse and property in Gaston, started a winery, built a winemaking facility, and plan to plant a vineyard.

Beginning in 2006, wines have been produced from purchased grapes. Brian Marcy has been mentored at Turley Wine Cellars, Neyers Vineyards, Blankiet Estate and Marcassin, to name a few. Clare is the marketer and manages their working farm of 70 acres. She has won multiple awards for her wine labels which adorn labels like Beaux Freres, Phelps Creek, and Miner Family Vineyards. In addition to making wine, they have established a working farm where they raise poultry, pigs, cows and egg-laying chickens.

The labels feature a single farm animal and are quite stylish. The labels are made by hand using a letterpress, hand cut, and glued on each bottle.

The winery buys fruit from several vineyards up and down the Willamette Valley including Cattrall Brothers, Palos Sandberg and Wirtz which are all old plantings dating to the 1970s. The Pinot Noirs from Resonance Vineyard have been particularly valued, but with the sale of the vineyard, the last vintage was 2012. Total production including Riesling and Chardonnay, is about 3,000 cases.

The winery has rapidly received considerable praise from wine critics and many faithful to the farm and winery to soak up the ambiance in the middle of nowhere.

The wines are sold through a mailing list or through the website. The website is very informative and one of the most modern and well-designed winery websites I have ever visited.

Reviewed Wines

NV Big Table Farm NV Work Horse Red

12.9% alc., 140 cases, $48. 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. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2015 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Edelzwicker

13.3% alc., 299 cases, $28. Label shows pear blossoms from Wirtz Vineyard drawn by Clare. Old vine Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling from Wirtz Vineyard planted in the late 1960s. Barrel fermented in neutral oak to dryness and malolactic complete. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of cut apple and poached pear. Pleasant flavors of apple, pear, and a hint of peach. Steely in character, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish. An all purpose white wine. Score: 87. Reviewed October 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

13.2% alc., 159 cases, $32. Label shows pasture wild flowers drawn by Clare. The clone is particularly dark and the orange color of the wine reflects this. Fermented on the skins and stems, and finished fermenting in old French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate pinkish orange color in the glass. Reserved aromas of peach, spice and terra-cotta. Unique in taste, with flavors of strawberry, peach, yellow raisin and a hint of smoke and baking spice. Nicely balanced with a juicy finish. Score: 88. Reviewed October 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm “Elusive Queen” Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.6% alc., 100 cases. 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. Score: 94. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc.. This vineyard is a warmer site causing the grapes to lose some acidity as they ripen producing a more fruit driven wine. Pommard, 777 and some Wädenswil clone. Aged in about 20% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A mix of red berry and blueberry scents underlain with toasty oak highlight the aromatic profile. Nicely composed, with a mid weight core of juicy berry fruits accented with a smoky note. A slight smoky character is the signature of this vineyard which at least in part is due to the fruit (the same oak regimen is used for all single vineyard Pinot Noir bottlings yet the smoky note is more evident consistently in this wine). Score: 91-92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.2% alc., 700 cases. 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. Score: 92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc.. Sourced from several vineyards. 100% whole cluster fermentation. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Voluptuous aromas of cherry, spice and rose petal. A full charge of black cherry fruit envelopes the palate and persists through the finish. The tannins are firm, yet silky, there is a complimentary riff of oak, and the savory notes of whole cluster including spice are in harmony. This appellation offering has always been a charmer. Score: 90-91. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Edelzwicker Willamette Valley

13.4% alc., 451 cases, $28. Bottled April 2014. A blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris from the Wirtz Vineyard planted in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Original plantings were sourced from Charles Coury. Barrel fermented in neutral oak barrels to dryness and complete malolactic fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light yellow color in the glass. Aromas of citrus, flower blossoms, and dry herbs. Delicate, but flavorful, featuring tastes of orchard fruits and spice. Slightly creamy on the palate with bright acidity. Best slightly chilled. Score: 87. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

13.6% alc.,162 cases, $32. Fermented 8 to 12 days on the skins and stems. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light orange color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of peach, blood orange and a touch of vanilla creme, fashioned in a medium bodied style with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a peach driven finish. A delightful wine with plenty of intrigue that will stand up nicely to salmon and other fatty seafoods. Score: 89. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc. $42. 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. Score: 91. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.2% alc., $45. Label shows Big Table Farm bee hives. Barrel fermented in mixed age French oak barrels. · Light golden yellow color with a slight haze in the glass. Aromas of lemon creme, salted apple, and warm biscuit leap from the glass upon opening. Flavors of apple, pear, citrus, honey and a hint of oak carry through to a finish that is clean, dry and cut. The wine loses a bit of flash over time in the glass indicating it is for current enjoyment. Score: 90. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 193 cases, $48. Label shows Tom Cattrall’s grape deliver 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. Reviewed October 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $48. 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. Score: 93. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Sunnyside Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 348 cases, $48. Label shows roosterdrawn 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. Reviewed October 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 367 cases, $48. 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. Reviewed October 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Yamhill-Carlton AVA Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 228 cases, $48. 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. Reviewed October 19, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm The Elusive Queen Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.6% alc., 116 cases, $85. The name was inspired by Clare’s passion for keeping bees. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light golden yellow color with a slight haze in the glass. Aromas of lemon oil, pine sap, cut apple and spice hold up nicely over time in the glass. Delicious flavors of lemon, apple and yellow peach with deft oak integration. The mantle of juicy acidity brings the fruit to life and the lengthy finish seduces with goodness. A serious, intriguing wine that deserves contemplation and even decanting after opening. Score: 94. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Big Table Farm Earth Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 108 cases, $105. 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. Score: 94. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

11.8% alc., 150 cases, sold out. 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. Score: 93. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

11.2% alc., 145 cases, $32. This is an orange wine that defies description. This white grape was left on its skins to add color and texture to the wine, then pressed and fermented to dryness in neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light copper salmon color in the glass. The aromas are primarily floral including gardenia while the flavors are fruity including poached pear and hints of strawberry, cherry and vanilla. Lighter in weight, soft in texture and easy to drink. Should be chilled and paired with shellfish. Score: 87. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

1,534 cases, $42. 3 new sites were added to the six sourced in previous vintages. Native yeast, whole cluster fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate light cherry red color in the glass. Very floral nose reminds me of Chanel #5 with added notes of cherry and Asian 5-spice. Light to mid weight flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry with a hint of smoky oak in the background. Elegant and charming, with supple fine-grain tannins and a pleasingly dry finish. Score: 89. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Chardonnay

476 cases, $45. 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. Score: 90. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Cattrall Brothers Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

11.2% alc., $48. 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. Wellintegrated whole cluster character, with balanced tannins and a vivid cherry fueled finish. Score: 90. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

303 cases, $48. 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. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Sunnyside Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

11.5% alc., 211 cases, $48. 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. Score: 92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

11.5% alc.,157 cases, $48. 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. Score: 92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 785 cases, $40. 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. Score: 91. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Big Table Farm Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 224 cases, $48. 30% whole cluster. Unfined and unfiltered. · 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.5 Score: 94. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Big Table Farm Resonance Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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 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. Score: 94. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Big Table Farm Sunnyside Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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. Score: 91-92. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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. Score: 92. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Big Table Farm Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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. Score: 89-90. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Brooks Estate Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Riesling

11.4% alc., 91 cases, $28. 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. Score: 90. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

12.6% alc.,110 cases, $28. 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. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

13.8% alc., 115 cases, $32. An “orange wine” fermented on the skins briefly and then finished in barrel to dryness with complete malolactic fermentation, bottled without fining or filtration. · Medium red-orange color and clear in the glass. An unusual wine which is a challenge to describe. Aromas of peach skin, jasmine and eucalyptus. Soft and smooth on the palate with flavors of dried cherry, yellow peach and baking spice. Similar to Pinot Noir Blanc in its flavor profile. Mild dry tannins and hi-tone acidity, with a trace of heat on the finish. A conundrum. Score: 87. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., 519 cases, $38. 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 (+). Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Chardonnay

12.8% alc., 136 cases, $42. 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! Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

11.9% alc., 143 cases, $45. The highest elevation and coolest vineyard of the four wines in the 2011 Big Table Farm Pinot Noir portfolio. Fermented with native yeasts and whole cluster. · Moderately light reddish color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of cherries, red rose petals and oak plank. Elegant and delicate, with flavors of red cherries and berries, a hint of oak and herbs, and an acid-driven, refreshing finish. A bit dilute on the mid palate and finish, but overall a satisfying expression of the cool vintage. Score: 88. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc.,$45. 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. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Sunnyside Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., 143 cases, $45. Inaugural vintage from this vineyard. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas and flavors featuring raspberry, dark cherry, white pepper, iron and a hint of smoky oak. Soft and dry in the mouth with a tangy cherry finish featuring zippy acidity. A wine with compelling modesty. Score: 89. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., 119 cases, $45. 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 on. An old vine treasure. Score: 94. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Big Table Farm Resonance Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 287 cases, $48. 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. Score: 93-94. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., 203 cases, $38. Unfined and unfiltered. · 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. Decent. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Big Table Farm Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., 118 cases, $45. 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. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Big Table Farm Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 146 cases, $45. Unfined and unfiltered. · 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. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 90 cases, $45. Label features hazelnuts from the neighboring field. Inaugural offering from this vineyard. The vines from this multigenerational site in the northern part of the Willamette Valley average 40 years of age. · Light garnet color in the glass. Complex nose offering aromas of cherries, plums, spice, and toasty oak. Soft and elegant on the palate with restrained tannins and a good spark of acidity. Lighter weight dark red fruits are featured, especially cherry, with a topcoat of smoky oak. A pleasant wine that needs more time to integrate the oak. Good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Big Table Farm Resonance Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., 125 cases, $48. 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. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Big Table Farm Laughing Pig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé

14.1% alc., 100 cases, $22. Sourced from Cattrall Vineyard which is the oldest certified organic vineyard in Oregon. Barrel fermented to dryness, complete MLF and aged sur lies until the day before bottling. Attractive tall Alsatian bottle. · Light rose color. Pleasing aromas of cherries, strawberries, prickly pear and rose garden. Moderately rich flavors of red cherries and strawberries with an underpinning of minerality and a tangerine peel note on the bright finish. This is a friendly wine that will please any rosé fan. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2009 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 92 cases, $38. The fruit is primarily from the Johan Vineyard. 75% whole cluster, native yeast fermentation, aged 10 months in one new and two used French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color with a slight haze (unfiltered) in the glass. Aromas of berry patch, farmyard, smoke, tar and pine. Medium weighted flavors of blueberries, cherries and boysenberries with hints of cola and a fairly strong tarry note from the whole cluster. Supple, fine-grain tannins with a soft mouth feel. Tasted twice a few months apart. Decent. Reviewed May 15, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Big Table Farm Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc, 100 cases, $45. Label features a grape delivery truck owned by the Cattrall Brothers, a 1947 Ford. 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. Reviewed December 14, 2010 ARTICLE »

2009 Big Table Farm Resonance Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 190 cases, $48. Label sports picture of Haley the cow with first calf born at Big Table Farm spring 2010. 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. Reviewed December 14, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Big Table Farm Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 77 cases, $38. This blend is primarily sourced from the Johan Vineyard, farmed by Dan Rinke. The vineyard is organically farmed with the goal of obtaining biodynamic certification. The manure from cows at Big Table Farm is used for preparations for the vineyard rows that are tended for Big Table Farm. · 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 (+). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Big Table Farm Resonance Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 94 cases, $45. This vineyard is farmed by Kevin and Carla Chambers and is certified Biodynamic®. · 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. Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »



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