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 particular selection is their “Willamette Valley” bottling which always features a drawing of the Pigs that Clare is raising that year. It’s an absolutely essential bottle for any Oregon Pinot Enthusiast.
From the Winemaker:
This wine is a true representation of the northern Willamette valley as all 8 pinot sites I work with end up in this bottling, from south of Salem to north of Forest Grove. It would be arrogant of me to think I could predict which fruit will turn into the best wine so I treat all with equal diligence. I think this approach makes this bottling different but on par with our vineyard designates – it is more affordable because we make a lot more of it, but it gets the same care and handling as the rest of the wines.
This wine is very expressive of smoky espresso, cacao, raspberry, pomegranate, rose petals, and graham cracker. The fruit on the palate is juicy in a refreshing kind of way with playful dusty tannins. There is an easiness to the way the wine drinks that is soothing and comfortable like the way your favorite old pair of leather boots feel on your feet.