Big Table Farm is husband-and-wife team Brian Marcy and Clare Carver. Up a long, winding, dusty road you will find their little slice of the American dream: acres of pristine Oregon hill country that they have transformed into their own little Eden through blood sweat and tears. On their homestead you will find cows, chickens, pigs, a goat, a flourishing garden, and of course – a working winery built to mimic the old hops drying barns that stood on the property when it belonged to the original pioneers who settled it. Big Table Farm’s rise to fame has been one of the great Oregon success stories. From slinging their wine bottle by bottle to local restaurants in 2007, to being named Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “Winery of the Year in 2014. They also captured a spot on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the World, and enjoyed a multi-page spread covering their story in Sunset magazine. They’re lovely people and they make lovely wine.
The house style here is pure, unadulterated, and unmanipulated. Through this philosophy and in conjunction with their uncompromising vineyard site selection process, BTF is crafting some of the most exciting, terroir-driven wines in the state, and indeed in the country. Every bottling is a little time capsule capturing a place and a time – allowing the earth and the climate to shine through and speak for itself.
The beautiful distinctive labels are letterpress prints of Clare’s original artwork, and change slightly within a given theme from year to year, adding to the collectability of these wines!
This selection is a field blend of aromatic whites that grow together on an old vineyard called “Wirtz.” It is a traditional “Edelzwicker” style white blend – intended to be fruity yet dry, floral yet mineral. The hodge-podge of grapes in here include Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Sylvaner.
Tasting Notes from the winery:
Opaque, medium lemon color. This wine opens up showing the Gewurztraminer, white tea, lemon tart candies, lychee and straw and the first notes. The palate is viscous with chalky tannins helping to focus the wines texture. The finish has a profound energy that feeds off the mineral sensation. The acid is balanced by the weight of Pinot Gris that carries through the whole palate.