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 is their Chardonnay which always carries an image inspired by the bees that Clare keeps. It is easily on the short list of wines in contention for “best Oregon Chardonnay.” It is a very pure expression of the grape with very minimal “make-up” on it – which means it’s not oaky, it’s not buttery – it’s unsullied and balanced. That isn’t to say it’s super clean and bracing like a lot of “stainless” Chardonnays – indeed, it has a richness that brings baking spice, brioche honey and custard notes. In short, it’s what Chardonnay should be.
From the Winemaker:
Sourced from the same 6 Willamette valley vineyards as 2014, barrel fermented in French oak (about 10% new) with yeast that blew in the door. We bottled after 11 months of aging without filtration or fining. We think this wine will steal your heart, it has a special place in ours.
Serious smoky mineral aroma with a savory lees balancing the fruit. There is a butter cream and lemon custard aroma blending in with the subtle suggestion of sandalwood and cinnamon spice that suggests the palate will feel rich and broad. On the palate the weight and flavors are indeed rich but there is great acid tension and tannic grip to the finish that holds everything tight creating a dry, fresh, and mouthwatering finish.