Quiotee's Lair is named for one of winemaker Greg Sander's children. A special selection from the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, it is a low-yield (one ton per acre), own-rooted, Pommard clone pinot of exceptional power. Oaky, leathery, earthy flavors with a potent resinous scent recall a certain illicit weed. Finally, the wine slides into a finish loaded with chocolate, coffee and butterscotch. There's nothing subtle here, but plenty to like.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.