Yao Family Wines Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
|Brand||Yao Family Wines|
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 aroma with hints of vanilla and wild sage. On the palate the wine is lush and firm but also has mature tannins and supple texture. This wine can be enjoyed now and will age for 10 years.
This is a brawny, generous and powerful wine that holds its full-bodied concentration in check, showing a balanced approach to oak and tannin. Black cherry, currant and cocoa powder are accented by toasted oak and lingering black pepper, nutmeg and cedar on the finish.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Yao Ming is blended of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It opens with soothing eucalyptus, rose petal and chocolate box scents over a core of blackcurrant cordial, Black Forest cake and wild blueberries with a touch of pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied with a delicately played, beautifully crafted palate, it has a firm line of fine-grained tannins and invigorating freshness lifting the fragrant flavors to a long finish.
Leading off with the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Yao Ming, which seems downright cheap compared to the other releases, this is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, aged in 65% new French oak. Deep purple-colored, with a nose of cassis, black raspberry fruits, notes of cedar, lead pencil, and tobacco, it's medium to full-bodied, has solid balance, and enough tannin to keep it drinking nicely for 10-15 years.
Ripe and focused, with a core of warm black currant and blackberry preserve flavors, laced with subtle charcoal, tobacco and loam notes. Stays fresh despite the slightly rustic edge underneath. Best from 2020 through 2025. 2,832 cases made.