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.
Delicate flavors of crushed strawberries and pomegranates carry a hint of cream and a broad mouth-filling mid-palate in this Grenache-based Rosé. The 2012 Amparo Rosé is dry without being overly so, with a bright acidity and deft balance, making it a refreshing accompaniment to an assortment of foods.
Made from 100% Grenache, the majority of the blend 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. A smaller portion also comes from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard, located mid-valley in Oakville
The 2012 vintage will be remembered for its abundance of high-quality fruit. The season began with exceptional, moderate weather that brought virtually no harm to the grapes all the way through fruit-set, and the long, mild days continued well into the summer. A cooler-than-normal period hit at the end of September, which allowed for the preservation of ideal fruit aromatics, freshness and natural acidity.
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