Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Come out to the farm this weekend!

We are OPEN only two weekends a year to the public and this coming weekend is one of them

Come see us from 11am to 5pm - May 29th-31st

Big Table Farm
26851 NW Williams Canyon Road
Gaston 97119


We will feature our new release wines the 2007 Syrah, 2009 Rosé

We will sample only a few bottles of the last few cases of the '08 pinot that we held out especially for this weekend... these are three bottles per person and will most likely go quickly.

The wines will be paired with pork belly fresh out of our smoker and home made bread. We Look forward to seeing you out at the farm! Cheers! Clare and Brian

A few recent reviews of our Rose -

This was the letter that went out From Jay at the Tasting room a few weeks back when he tried the rose... It was super nice write up - Thanks again Jay!


I am still blow away.
I just consumed the best Rosé I have ever had.

Sure, you are thinking, who cares? Well, YOU should care. Not many are aware but Rosé wines, when made from the start, intentionally as Rosés, is the best juice there is, BAR NONE!

Rosé is the nectar of the grape. It is the pure essence of whichever grape you may be pressing, or not pressing at all, as perhaps you just letting the free-run flow as the grapes are processed. It is as unadulterated as wine can be. And really, isn’t that what we are after?

This is what the bees are after.

This is what the wild turkeys are looking for and this is what the fox is looking for in Aesop's fable:

One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing to quench my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are sour."
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
This Rosé might be a wine you cannot get as there were less than 100 cases made. With summer just around the corner, this is what you want to have available all summer long for not only your private times, but also for sharing with friends. This is a wine that works well alone or with any kind of meal. I highly recommend ordering at least one case per household. You WILL go through it that fast and here is why:

The nose is of fresh flowers and clean hot “just out of the drier” bed linens. The memory of the hot bed linens combines with the initial attack causing you to salivate from the sides of your mouth and then it escalates into gobs of Comice pear, ripe Mirabelle plums and lush wild strawberries. The mouth-feel is round and all due to fermentation techniques and not due to any residual sugar as this Rosé is bone dry. The finish has a stony flinty quality that is beautiful and clean like a high-elevation trout stream with clearly visible stones all along the bed of the river. You need to drink this wine to experience how great wine can be, Rosé or otherwise.

You might be a European Rosé fan and I am too. Those wines have been my favorite until today. I love the Rosés from Provence as well as Sancerre with their crispness. This wine has it as well, but is has something else. It has pure soul. Soul is becoming harder and harder to find in wines these days. If you want some soul, stock up.

This is what Darryl at Cork said -

Clare and Brian at Big Table Farm really have a good thing going. She draws the labels, he makes the wine, the two of them run a working farm in between all of the wine fun and they still find time and energy to run all over town tasting us folks in the trade on their latest creations. I'm not sure how they do it, but I sure am glad to be in on the latest releases.

This Pinot Noir Rosé really stands out from the current crowd of Oregon releases. A few winemakers are now turning to producing rosé from grapes picked just for this purpose, pressing them off and getting a lightness and aromatic quality that is making interesting wines. Others are doing saignée only, where they bleed the juice off of a red wine fermenter before there is too much time on the skins, resulting in the lighter color but giving a lot more body that you might want on, say, a 90 degree day. Brian has decided to combine both methods, using about 30% pressed Pinot grapes and the rest from saignée. He's also sourced the fruit from the Cattrall Vineyard, the first organically certified vineyard in Oregon with a long history of producing quality Pinot grapes.

The result is mouthwatering. Watermelon and cherry dance together and there's a hint of cotton candy in there, but the wine is in no way sweet. Just full of fruit and, served ice cold, a real refreshing way to kick off any party. Plus, with the laughing pig on the label, how can your guests not break out in a smile when you show them what they've been drinking.

As with all of the Big Table Farm wines, there production is tiny and supply is very limited. They made 100 cases of rosé and only a handful of places in Portland will get any, so if you like their wines, like their labels, need a great gift, love rosé and want to try it - any of these reasons, we suggest you hit the reply button quickly and secure some for yourself. We've got a case or so at each shop now and can reorder next week but after that, I have a feeling this will be gone.
Limit 1 per customer, subject to availability.


Cecelia (CC) said...

Yup, you've got a good thing going.

Fantastic reviews. Clean sheets and trout streams...he's bitten!

gardenmama said...

If only I lived a bit closer!
I love the graphics you are using on your label as well as your farm signage! Fabulous : )