2012 Yao Ming Family Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet in Wood Accessory Box
2012 Yao Ming Family Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet
Our most limited production offering, 2012 Yao Ming Family Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet is aged for 24 months in exclusively new French oak barrels. Rich and bold, this wine belongs in the library of every passionate wine connoisseur and collector.
Appearance exhibits rich purple color with dark hues. This wine is elegant. There is exuberant fruit with pronounced plum and blackberry. The fruit is framed with barrel notes of toast and piecrust. The pallet has jammy yet, supple richness from integrated tannin structure. The wine comes together on the finish and lingers on the back of the pallet providing a long finish This wine is approachable now and will age for 12 years. The 2012 growing season was ideal in the Napa Valley. We had to green thin three passes to balance crop. This is a year that allows the winemaker many options it will be a memorable vintage.
96 Points - Wine Advocate
The 2012 Yao Ming Family Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet possesses a dense ruby/purple color, and classic blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings and spring flowers. This top-flight Napa Cabernet Sauvignon has great balance, beautiful integration of acidity, wood and tannin, and a long finish. Drink it over the next 20+ years. While many wines made by celebrities are disappointing, Chinese basketball star Yao Ming’s clearly are not.. –eRobertParker.com #215 October 2014
Vineyards range from our ranch a top Atlas Peak to our bench land vineyards in Rutherford. The clonal selection includes Cabernet Sauvignon 337, 4, and 6. The soils are alluvial fans and volcanic rock at an elevation of 200–1800 feet above sea level. Barrels were hand selected by taste.
Fruit was rigorously hand-sorted and fully destemmed to small stainless steel tanks with light crushing. Cold soaks (5-7 days), warm fermentations between 29– 32°C (85-90°F), and moderate pumpovers twice each day. Total skin contact ranged from 19-34 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on full fermentation lees for malolactic fermentation (ML). Racking was twice per year with only one assemblage being done to allow the blend to “marry” in barrel. Barrels for final blend were hand selected by taste. Native yeast and ML used with only small lots conducted using cultured Bordeaux isolates. Bottled without filtration.
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
The 2012 growing season was ideal in the Napa Valley. We had to green thin three passes to balance crop. This is a year that allows the winemaker many options it will be a memorable vintage.
179 cases produced.