27. Big Table Farm 2012 Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $48
One of the more remarkable — and wholesome — young Willamette Valley wineries of the past decade is undoubtedly Brian Marcy and Clare Carver’s Big Table Farm, which seems to suit Yamhill-Carlton. Along Williams Canyon Road, these Napa Valley transplants raise livestock on their working farm where they’ve planted vines. (Augie the calf made the label for this bottling.) In the meantime, they quickly established long-term relationships with some of the region’s top growers, include Kevin Chambers’ Resonance Vineyard. Marcy’s work here is a Syrah lover’s Pinot Noir, redolent of blackberry cobbler, dark plum and elderberry with dark toast, vanilla bean and crushed walnut. The juice is velvety with mild tannins and sweet blueberry acidity. This signaled the end of Marcy’s contract with Resonance — sold in 2013 to Louis Jadot — but not with Chambers, who is at work on his new vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.
Production: 326 cases