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Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon
2016

Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Details
Vintage
2016
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
65% new barrels; 100% French oak. Total time in barrel: 18 months.
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Spectator
95
Robert Parker
93
Wine Advocate
93
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SKU: 85723800300
Wine Details
Vintage
2016
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
65% new barrels; 100% French oak. Total time in barrel: 18 months.
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Spectator
95
Robert Parker
93
Wine Advocate
93
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Appearance exhibits a deep ruby hue. Aromas are layered with berry and flavors of cherry, cassis and plum. There is a core minerality with lavender tones. The oak is well integrated and has nice toast aromas with hints of vanilla and wild sage. On the palate the wine is lush and firm but also has mature long tannins and supple texture.
Vineyard Notes
Vineyards range from bench land in Yountville to Northern St. Helena. The clonal selection includes Cabernet Sauvignon 337, 4 and 6. The soils are alluvial fan and volcanic rock at an elevation between 70– 548.6 meters (200–1800 feet) above sea level.
Winemaker Notes
This wine can be enjoyed now and will age for 10 years.
Production
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.
Other Notes
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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