Named in honor of the lady of the Stags’ Leap manor, the 2019 Amparo Rosé invites with a style all its own, enticing with a blush pink hue and intoxicating aromas of strawberries, white peach and delicate rose petals. On the palate, this Grenache-based rosé bursts with a basket of cherry, raspberry and mandarin fruit, lingering with a round and generous finish. Small amounts of Syrah add fruit intensity to the blend while Mourvedre adds depth of color and a touch of complexity. Made in a dry style, this vibrant, supple and fruity rosé enhances all types of dishes and cuisines year-round, or stars as a refreshing aperitif wine for casual get-togethers.
The 2017 vintage in the Napa Valley was smaller yielding but high in quality. The region enjoyed much needed rain during the winter months ending the drought. A short period of warmer than usual temperatures during Labor Day weekend accelerated harvest for early ripening grapes varieties, resulting in an intense and, at times, unpredictable harvest. Though yields were lower than usual, the wines show exceptional flavor intensity and conditions were perfect for producing a wine with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.
Made from 85% Grenache, with most of the fruit coming from 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 wonderful 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. The Syrah is sourced from Three Hills Vineyard in Oak Knoll and is blended in to help round out the complexity of the wine. Finally, the Mourvedre is sourced from Stanton Vineyards in St. Helena and provides color and flavor intensity.
For Christophe Paubert, Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery, the identity of a wine is found through the terroir. Christophe’s career has spanned the industry from sales to winemaking, and his impressive background includes positions at Chateau d’Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington State. But it was the terroir of Stags’ Leap that drew him to California.