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March 24, 2014 | Calhoun & Company Communications

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Awards 2010 Yao Ming® Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Highest Ratings In April 2014 Buying Guide

ST. HELENA, Calif., March 12, 2014 – Following the stellar 90+ scores from world-renowned wine critic Robert Parker, Yao Family Wines has once again garnered top acclaim for their recently released wines. The April 2014 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazinepublished stand-out scores for the 2010 Yao Family Wines: NAPA CREST Red Wine Blend (91 Points), Yao Ming® Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95 Points) and Yao Ming® Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (98 Points, the highest score in the April 2014 Buying Guide).

Yao Ming recently commented, “Our goal from the beginning has been to produce wines that showcase the incredible quality of Napa Valley. I think we’ve done that with the 2010 vintage and done it well. To have the highly respected Wine Enthusiast Magazine validate our efforts means a great deal to us.”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine had this to say about Yao Family Wines, “Yao Ming® 2010 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). …what’s undeniable, by any modern standard, is the wine’s excellence. A blend of fruit from Atlas Peak and Rutherford, the wine is a barrel selection from the winery’s regular 2010 output, and accounts for only about 20% of total production. The Cabernet Sauvignon is mixed with a little Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It’s delicious in blackberry, cassis liqueur, dark chocolate and oak flavors, and well structured in acids and tannins. The wine should develop in the bottle for at least 10 years.

Yao Ming® 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). This fabulous Cabernet has been blended with Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. It’s incredibly complex in both flavor and structure, offering waves of blackberries and cherries, currants, dark chocolate and toast that go on and on into a long, spicy finish. The grapes come from various sources, including St. Helena and Atlas Peak, showing winemaker Tom Hinde’s mastery of the art of blending.

NAPA CREST 2010 Red Wine Blend (Napa Valley). Coming from almost any other winery, this would be its lead wine. It’s absolutely delicious in cherries, blackberries, currants, anise and smoky oak, with strong but refined tannins and bright acidity. It will last in the bottle for up to six years, but try to give it some time in the decanter before pouring.”

The 2010 vintages from Yao Family Wines are now available on the Yao Family Wines website www.yaofamilywines.comand will be in wine shops and restaurants across the US later this year.

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