Stag Hollow Winery
Stag Hollow Winery and Vineyard is an artisan styled vineyard located in Yamhill County in the northern Willamette Valley. The winery is owned by Jill Zarnowitx and Mark Huff. Stag Hollow makes Pinot noir, Dolcetto, and several lovely dessert wines.
The Stag Hollow Estate is 34 acres with a stunning view near Yamhill, established in an old world style with vines tightly spaced at >3000 vines per acre. Coming from wildlife biology backgrounds, Jill and Mark integrate habitat protection with farming vines that produce intensely flavored grapes.
Since their first pinot noir in 1994, the Stag Hollows wines consistently have been highly structured and complex. Stag Hollow Vendange Selection (harvest select) pinot noir comes from their oldest vineyard block planted in 1990, and is a blend of the pommard and Alsatian clone Colmar 538.
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Stag Hollow’s estate-grown dolcetto, produced in a hearty style, is testament that this variety has a bright future in the northern Willamette Valley. Stag Hollow also makes small quantities of estate-grown muscat ottonel and early muscat blended with about 40% chardonnay in both a dry style, Tre Secco, and port-style dessert wine, Tre Dolce.
At left, Stag Hollow owners
Stag Hollow's pinot noirs are made from Estate grapes nurtured on steep south-facing slopes of Willakenzie soils planted at a very high density, exceeding 3,000 plants per acre.Stag Hollow is a small, family estate. The winery owners say they have a "commitment to crafting profound and concentrated wines that express attributes of the vineyard and distinct management practices to enhance wine quality".
The 34 acre Stag Hollow vineyard estate is slowly being planted to better understand terroir and grape variety interactions at the site. Today, nine different clones of pinot noir grape vines, including five of the newly introduced French Dijon clones, are planted. Other grape varietiesplanted in the vineyard are chardonnay, including four of the newly introduced French Dijon clones, muscat ottonel, early muscat, and experimental blocks of northern Italian grape types.
The winery has maintained a natural habitat
for wildlife to enhance biological diversity and improve water quality.
In the vineyard, the owners limit the amount of chemicals used and
maintain cover crops to prevent erosion and enhance soil health. Ten
acres of the estate have been designated as a wildlife preserve.
Recipe from the Winery
½ cup ground,
Preheat oven to 350o F.