New Release Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Now In Store
Yao Ming Was Introduced Into the NBA Hall of Fame in September, 2016
Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley
The year 2016 has been a gratifying one for retired basketball legend Yao Ming. Despite a career cut short by injuries. The 36-year-old former Houston Rockets center-and eight-time All-Star-was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in September. It is also the year the Shanghai native’s California winery, Yao Family Wines, put itself squarely on the map of Napa Valley by opening a chic visitor’s center in the wine-tourist mecca of St. Helena.
The 2014 growing season in the Napa Valley was defined by the driest winter in recorded history. Though this produced smaller grapes than usual, it also resulted in a higher level of concentration. The clonal selection includes Cabernet Sauvignon 337, 4 and 6. The soils include alluvial fan and volcanic rock at an elevation between 70- 548.6 meters (200-1800 feet) above sea level.
This wine is very much driven by what Yao Ming values. They are all about harmony. You won’t find overuse of oak or purposely high alcohol or over extracted fruit. There is an elegance you might not find in other wines.
Almost black garnet in color, the wine exhibits layers of black berry, cherry, cassis and plum. There is a core minerality with violet and blueberry tones. The oak is well integrated featuring a warm, toast aroma with hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate, the wine is lush and firm showing supple well integrated tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now and will age for 15 years.