Vintage 2015
Varietal Rose
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

Named after Amparo Grange, the lady of the Stags’ Leap Estate from 1941 to 1955, this wine embodies her style of elegance and gracious living. As part of the Rhone-style wines for which the estate is renowned, this dry Grenache Rosé benefits from the classical standard of viticulture, care of the land, and winemaking that is as relevant today as it was in 1893 when Stags' Leap Winery celebrated its first vintage.

Tasting Notes

Alluring in shades of rose petal pink and pale blue, this bone-dry rosé keeps flavors rich and mouthwatering.  Bracing acidity underscores a juicy, fruit-driven palate of strawberry, watermelon, raspberry and "coeur de pigeon" cherry – irresistible cherries found in Winemaker Christophe Paubert’s hometown in France.  Hints of toffee and cream add complexity to this refreshing, utterly pleasing warm weather wine.

Vineyard Notes

Made from 100% Grenache, the majority of the fruit comes from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard, located mid-valley in Oakville. Originating from the Rector Creek alluvial fan near Oakville, the rocky soil of this vineyard produces Grenache grapes of intensity, ideal for our Rosé. The remaining portion of Grenache comes from the Frediani Vineyard, located in Calistoga. Based in the northernmost part of Napa Valley, this warm region vineyard consistently produces some of the most refined Grenache grapes Winemaker Christophe Paubert has ever tasted.

Vintage Notes

After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage resulted in a less abundant crop, but the quality remained exceptional. The mild, dry spring conditions promoted an early bud-break and minimal heat during summer allowed the fruit to ripen at a steady pace through picking, which began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor.

Winemaking Notes

After a 24-hour maceration period designed to extract color and flavor from the freshly-harvested grapes, the juice was gently “bled” off the skins. Fermentation followed in neutral oak barrels to capture the varietal’s natural acidity and delicate fruit flavors. The young wine was racked off the lees immediately after fermentation to preserve its freshness and aged for 3 months in neutral oak.

Varietal Composition: 100% Grenache
ABV: 14.1%