Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

$149.99

Rare new release of the NBA legend's private Cabernet Sauvignon.  95 Points Wine Enthusiast: "A lovely Cabernet, richly attractive and deeply flavored in blackberries, blueberries and black currants. Made from vineyards scattered across Napa Valley, the wine has been blended with a splash of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It shows a dramatic structure marked particularly by firm, smooth tannins, and it finishes dry. Shows the stuffing to age for years."Yao Family Wines is a Napa Valley producer founded in 2011 by Yao Ming, the Chinese-born, five-time NBA All Star. Now retired from the Houston Rockets, Yao Ming is the majority owner in Yao Family Wines, which has entered the wine market with a luxury Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Napa Valley vineyards. Yao has said in interviews that he developed a taste for Cabernet Sauvignon while in the NBA, and that his new Napa venture eventually will own its own vineyards. Tom Hinde, formerly general manager of Kendall-Jackson and president of Flowers Vineyard, is the winemaker at Yao Family Wines and is a minority shareholder. The winery’s debut release is the 2009 Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot.Robert Parker: ""I am aware of all the arguments that major celebrities lending their names to wines is generally a formula for mediocrity, but that is not the case with Yao Ming. These are high class wines. The two Cabernets are actually brilliant, and the Reserve bottling ranks alongside just about anything made in Napa."

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Ratings on Delectable

Sean Thomas

Inaugural vintage, 2009. Menthol, eucalyptus upon immediate opening. I expected more of a brick rimmed tint, but still holding color. On the nose: light fruits, dusty minerality. On the tongue: vanilla, smoke, oak, slight cherry, some blueberry and sweet plum. Really evolves after being open for +1-2 hours.

Inaugural vintage, 2009. Menthol, eucalyptus upon immediate opening. I expected more of a brick rimmed tint, but still holding color. On the nose: light fruits, dusty minerality. On the tongue: vanilla, smoke, oak, slight cherry, some blueberry and sweet plum. Really evolves after being open for +1-2 hours.

9.0

Jamelle Legaspi

Nice and smooth beginning to end. Subtle fruit, then the sips become more earthier. This wine does justice to the former all star center.

Nice and smooth beginning to end. Subtle fruit, then the sips become more earthier. This wine does justice to the former all star center.

9.2

Bryan Tudhope

Great wine!

Great wine!

9.0

Craig Otten

Napa chemistry at it's best.

Napa chemistry at it's best.

8.8

Thomas Pastuszak Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Wine Director The NoMad

Yup, this is for real: submit your one-liners now

Yup, this is for real: submit your one-liners now

Dave Kluz

Killer Cab from ex-NBA star Yao Ming

Killer Cab from ex-NBA star Yao Ming

9.3

Jiang Jiawei

有点甜,不止这个价

有点甜,不止这个价

Daoud Sangwa Delectable Pro

Sommelier Whole Foods Market

My friend makes these apparently.

My friend makes these apparently.

8.5

Elizabeth Vianna Delectable Pro

Winemaker Chimney Rock Winery

How was it?

How was it?

8.2

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