If you didn't get Brian's release letter I don't have your e-mail just drop me a note clare at bigtablefarm in the mean time we have just released two new wines - Thanks for all the support and enthusiasm... Cheers - Clare
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot noir. Like a shy child this wine is peeking its head around the corner and is ready to be introduced. The fruit is mostly from the Johan Vineyard about 20 minutes south of McMinnville. It was the last pinot we picked at the end of October - it is a cool site and was relatively unaffected by the warm spell in September. Yields were carefully managed by friend Dan Rinke to just 1.4 tons to the acre. The wine was fermented with native yeast, about 75 percent whole cluster, aged in french oak for ten months with one new barrel, and two used. The whole cluster aspect of the wine is prominent in the spicy aromatics of wet brush and smoky mole, with cherry fruit underneath. The palate is balanced between a core of umami and dark fruit and tannins that cleanse and compliment food in a hand in glove sort of way. Pumpkin the pig graces the label. Unfortunately we just have 92 cases of this wine. 38 dollars, let us know if we can send you some!
2008 Syrah – White Hawk Vineyard - 2008 was a warmer year with lower yields in California, creating an opulent wine that is drinking well now! Clare and I opened a bottle the other night to make notes and before we knew it the wine was gone and we hadn't even eaten yet (or made any notes) - slightly dangerous. All natural ferments with 50% whole cluster, 40% New French oak and after an elevage of 14 months, it was ready to bottle. The label has returned to a calamitous set of knives, forks and spoons. I hope you find this wine as delightful as we do. 168 cases produced, 48 dollars.