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A FAMILY WINERY FOUNDED BY BASKETBALL GREAT YAO MING

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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.



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The Chop Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The first Napa Valley wine to be paired with a unique NFT (Non-Fungible Token).  Only 282 bottles were produced. Many are already taken. Please write your desired number in the special instructions field.

Deep garnet color and rich hue.  The nose is complex and shows layers of fruit flavors.  Blueberry, rich plum and red currant notes are apparent.  Soft notes of vanilla and toast provide aromatic richness.  The texture is supple to show off the 2016 vintage.  The tannins are lush with long palate texture.  This wine is grown entirely on Napa Valley's famous Rutherford Bench.  This wine will continue to award the most discriminating drinkers.

Tasting notes

Deep garnet color and rich hue.  The nose is complex and shows layers of fruit flavors.  Blueberry, rich plum and red currant notes are apparent.  Soft notes of vanilla and toast provide aromatic richness.  The texture is supple to show off the 2016 vintage.  The tannins are lush with long palate texture.  This wine is grown entirely on Napa Valley's famous Rutherford Bench.  This wine will continue to award the most discriminating drinkers.

Vineyards

Vineyards range from cool mountainside sites in south Napa Valley and to our ranches in Oakville and St. Helena and further north.  We hand tend all vines in each individual vineyard block.  Napa Valley has more diversity in soil composition than all of France.

Harvest Information

Late September 2016.  Grapes were harvested at an average of 25.7°Brix.

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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

THE WORLD'S FIRST WINE + NFT COLLECTIBLE

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Yao Family Wines, the critically acclaimed Napa Valley winery founded by retired basketball star and global humanitarian Yao Ming, is releasing its most exclusive wine “THE CHOP” paired with a limited edition NFT. Yao Family Wines becomes the first winery in the world to offer a wine for auction paired with a NFT digital collectible.

You can purchase via Opensea or our online store.

A special auction is being held for bottle #11 of THE CHOP and NFT #11, a one-of-one offering in homage to the year that Yao Family Wines released its first vintage, and for the number Yao Ming wore during his NBA career. You can bid here.

THE CHOP 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from a single barrel of wine from a single vineyard in the famed Rutherford District of Napa Valley. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded THE CHOP 2016 96+ points.

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Claim Your Complimentary NFT Now!

For people who are new to the world of NFTs and blockchain, we've created an easy way to create your first crypto wallet and unlock a Yao Family Wines NFT.
You can keep it or transfer it to a friend.  We look to deliver more to your wallet in the future from rewards to more NFTs that can be traded and sold.


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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