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Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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93 Points: 2011 YAO MING Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Wine Enthusiast, February 2015
Appearance exhibits a soft garnet hue. Aromas are delicate and layered with red fruit and flavors of cherry, cassis and plum. There is a core minerality with floral tones. The oak is well integrated and has nice toast aroma with hints of vanilla and wild sage. On the palate the wine is lean and firm but also has broad tannins to balance the texture. This wine can be enjoyed now and will age for 5 years.
Vineyards range from Sugar Loaf Mountain in South Napa Valley to our ranches in St Helena, some from our sites on Atlas Peak 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.
Harvest: Late October 2011 into early November. Grapes were harvested at an average of 24.3° Brix.
Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and fully destemmed to small stainless steel tanks with light crushing. Cold soaks (5-7 days), warm fermentations (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 ML. Racking was twice per year with only one assemblage being done to allow the blend to “marry” in barrel. Native yeast and ML used with only small lots conducted using cultured Bordeaux isolates. Bottled without filtration.
: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Cooperage and Aging
: 65% new barrels; 100% French Oak. Total time in barrel: 18 months
: September 2013. 2,400 cases produced.
Final bottling technical information
: pH: 3.58, TA: 6.3 g/L , Alcohol: 14.2 %
: Fall 2014.
You may purchase wine as a gift as long as you and the intended recipient are both 21 years of age or older. The signature of an adult 21 years of age or older is required at delivery.
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