The 9-acre estate planting for Dusky Goose is named Rambouillet, named for the breed of longhorn sheep that have been part of winery co-owner Linda Carter’s family ranch in Eastern Oregon for more than a century. When winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash began to shorten Rambouillet to “Rambeaux,” Carter knew what she would call the new sister label of Dusky Goose. The Rambeaux lineup doesn’t receive the time in bottle that the Dusky Goose wines do, and this 2017 Pinot Noir is made in a rich and dark fashion. Aromas of blackcurrant, black plum, cola, blueberry tea and rose hips lead to big flavors of dried blueberry and pomegranate with lots of black licorice and cherry skin tannins. It’s a blend that incorporates Rambouillet Vineyard (20%) in the Dundee Hills and Fennwood Vineyard (80%), a planting in Yamhill-Carlton sold in 2018 by the Carters to Hampton Lumber Co.
Production: 183 cases