Vintage 2016
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

With alluring 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 fresh strawberry, watermelon and “coeur de pigeon” cherry—irresistible cherries found in Winemaker Christophe Paubert’s hometown in France. Flavors of strawberries and cream come through mid-palate adding complexity to this refreshing, utterly pleasing warm-weather wine. This wine finishes with soft tannins and a beautiful silky texture, leaving a lasting impression enticing you to come back for another mouthwatering sip.

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 that Winemaker Christophe Paubert has ever tasted

Vintage Notes

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acidity in each varietal and added additional complexity to the layers of flavors. This resulted 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 in a traditional saignée method of rosé winemaking. Fermentation followed in neutral oak barrels to capture the variety’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 three months in neutral oak.

Varietal Composition: 100% Grenache
ABV: 14.1%
Cases Produced: 625

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