Stag Hollow Wines 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $45

By on February 20, 2015

stag-hollow-reserve-pinot-noir-nv-labelMark Huff’s fascinating melange of Dijon clones 667, 777, 114 and 115, along with Pommard and Alsace clone Colmar 538 from this 34-acre estate — planted to high density of 3,000 vines per acre — is evolving beautifully. New barrels accounted for almost a third of the oak program, which makes room for a rich and intense nose of black cherry, cedar, forest floor, tobacco and a sense of gaminess. Those dark and dense tones carry through with black cherry and plum flavors. Plush tannins make for beautiful integration. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2013 Great Northwest Wine Competition, and time continues to serve it well. Suggested food pairings include game, salmon and earthy dishes featuring wild mushrooms and olives.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 193 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

One Comment

  1. Jill Zarnoiwtz

    February 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for a stunning review. Love your descriptions!

    Jill Zarnowitz & Mark Huff

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