Pinot Noir

We produce five different bottlings of Stag Hollow pinot noir with estate-grown grapes.

Our pinot noirs are markedly different than most Oregon pinots.  The wines are highly structured (layered flavors), and because of this fruit-forward flavors are toned down.  The wines are richly textured with balanced acidity and tannins; oak flavors are integrated into the background; and distinguished by complex finishes that linger on and on.

Stag Hollow pinot noirs are crafted to age, and they do for a long time. To achieve this, our pinot noir grapes are grown close together (vine density 2-3 times higher than most vineyards) to encourage competition for water and nutrients. The competition moderately stresses the vines.  Stressed vines have thicker and more flavorful grapes skins. The structural elements needed for long aging are extracted from the grape skins during fermentation. Shy in their youth, our pinot noirs, with patience, show a remarkable evolution of engaging flavors as they age. Aromas and flavors of Stag Hollow pinot noirs typically center on black cherry with a mix of dark berry fruits, hints of orange peel, and feature earthiness and forest floor characteristics with layered notes of winter spice and cedar on the finish.

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Bottle of Stag Hollow Pinot Noir

Yamhill Carlton

The “Yamhill-Carlton” is our most widely distributed and popular wine.  This wine is a barrel selection, skillfully blended from our small fermentation lots of 10 different clones of pinot noir.  This pinot noir offers substantial depth and complexity for its price.

Bottle of Stag Hollow Reserve Pinot Noir


Of the three reserve-styled wines Stag Hollow produces, the Reserve is a blend of the many clones of pinot noir planted at Stag Hollow. This long-lived wine usually has 6-10 clones of pinot noir, with no one clone dominating, and achieves complexity through artful blending of wine flavors from different clones that can vary from vintage to vintage.

Bottle of Stag Hollow Reserve Pinot Noir

Reserve 777/114

This two (Dijon) clones blend of pinot noir, is not produced every vintage, only being bottled from the 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2018 vintages.  Distinctive, forward fruit, yet retains depth.  This bottling, despite it always showing the earliest of Stag Hollow’s threesome of reserve style bottlings, has aged remarkably well beyond 10 years.  Big upfront fruit.

Bottle of Stag Hollow Vendange Selection

Vendange Sélection

Traditionally, this Pommard clone pinot noir from our oldest block planted in on own roots in 1990, is the last pinot to be harvested and it tends to mature at slower rates (more closed in its youth) and is very long lived.  The grapes for the Vendange Sélection are sourced only from the original first planting, a 2.5 acre area planted in 1990 that rises above a creek hollow which cools the air several degrees lower than the vineyards upslope.  The wine has grip, as they say across the pond.