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The Chinese chop, or seal, dates from the Shang Dynasty (商朝 - shāng cháo), which ruled from 1600 BC to 1046 BC. Today, it is used as a family emblem, a signature, to be used on legal documents and ensure the integrity of the process. Yao Ming's chop is our promise to you that our wines are made with the finest grapes, attention to detail, and unbridled passion.

YAN & YAO: A FAMILY TABLE

Yan and Anna cooking food.

FINDING HARMONY AND BALANCE IN CULINARY WINE PAIRINGS

We are honored to have teamed up with Chef Martin Yan for a series of wine and food pairing kits and videos that reveal the potential of matching our wines with Chinese cuisine. Much like the Yin and Yang show how seemingly disparate forces are actually interdependent and complementary, these thoughtfully crafted wine and food pairings aim to find balance and harmony between bold and exciting flavors.

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*1. FUTURES Yao Ming Lunar New Year Ox Red Wine 2018

AVAILABLE TO SHIP LATE FEBRUARY

The Year of the Ox represents Yao Family Wines' fourth annual Limited Edition Lunar New Year wine.  The Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign.  In Chinese culture, the Ox is a faithful friend that made great contributions to the development of the society, they are industrious, cautious, hold their faith firmly, are always glad to offer help, loyal, honest, responsible, hard-working and logical. 

Lucky numbers for people born in an Ox Year: 1 & 9

Lucky colors for people born in an Ox Year: red, blue & purple

Tasting notes

The Yao Family Wines 2018 Family Table Red Wine is 100% Napa Valley and a blend of Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Syrah.  While each of these varietals will produce dramatically different wines depending upon the vintage and terroir, this particular blend leans towards the south end of the Napa Valley emphasizing dazzling dark garnet color and bright red to purple fruit.

At the top of the glass you are instantly intrigued with hints of clove, allspice and the perfume of fresh flowers.  In the mouth this theme is expanded to include blueberry, boysenberry with even more explosive florals reminiscent of a field of wild flowers finishing in lavender and well-integrated French oak.

While the wine is powerful, it provides a wonderful counter balance to entrees that would otherwise dominate.  The explosive florals and red fruit work especially well with rack of lamb but are sturdy enough to add an elegant new dimension aged beef while delicate enough to pair with wild caught salmon.

Technical Information

Alcohol: 14.5%

Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L

pH: 3.82

RS: 0.4 g/L

Release Date

Please understand that the term 'Futures' means that the wine will be available at a future date that will be determined when possible.  We will absolutely be in contact prior to shipping out wine.  We appreciate your patience!

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*6. Yao Ming Family Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Appearance exhibits deep dark purple color with intense hues.  This wine is elegant and powerful.  There is focused fruit with pronounced plum, blackberry and currant.  The fruit is framed with barrel notes of toast and baking spice.  The palate has rich yet, supple, lush depth from integrated tannin structure.  The wine comes together on the finish and lingers on the back of the palate providing a long finish.  This wine is approachable now and will age for many years.  It is very elegant. 

The 2016 growing season was an average yielding vintage in the Napa Valley due to set.  We had good balance on the fruiting wire.  This is a year that allowed the winemaker focus on harvest and bring out the essence of the vintage.  

Tasting notes

Appearance exhibits deep dark purple color with intense hues.  This wine is elegant and powerful.  There is focused fruit with pronounced plum, blackberry and currant.  The fruit is framed with barrel notes of toast and baking spice.  The palate has rich yet, supple, lush depth from integrated tannin structure.  The wine comes together on the finish and lingers on the back of the palate providing a long finish.  This wine is approachable now and will age for many years.  It is very elegant.

Vineyards

Vineyards range from our ranch in Oakville 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.

Harvest Information

Mid through late October 2016.  Grapes were harvested at an average of 26.2°Brix.

"These are high class wines. The two Cabernets are actually brilliant, and the Reserve bottling ranks alongside just about anything made in Napa." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

About Yao Family Wines

Yao Ming, one of the most beloved players in NBA history, is known for his accomplishments both on and off the basketball court. After being selected with the first pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Yao Ming flourished as a member of the Houston Rockets for nearly a decade and was selected as an NBA All-Star five times over the course of his career. In 2003, Yao was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. In 2008, Yao played for the Chinese national team in the Beijing Summer Olympics and was granted the honor of carrying China’s flag into the arena during the opening ceremonies. Yao called it one of the proudest moments of his lifetime.

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