Yao Ming Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
94 points, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com Nov. 2020: “Dried-blackcurrant, pine, charred-bark and musk aromas. Dried herbs and spices, too..Flavorful and dense.”
93 points, The Wine Spectator, Dec. 2020: “Very expressive, with lots of bay, menthol and sassafras notes leading off, followed by alluring cassis, cherry and plum purée flavors.”
97 points, The Wine Advocate, Feb. 2019: “...spills seductively out of the glass with compelling crème de cassis, plum preserves and baked cherries scents plus hints of mocha, menthol, underbrush and cedar chest. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated in the mouth, the palate delivers layer after layer of vibrant black fruit preserves, framed by firm yet velvety tannins and tons of freshness, finishing very long.”
93 points, Vinous, Dec. 2018: “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Yao Ming Family Reserve packs a serious punch, with plenty of depth in its black cherry, mocha, new leather, plum, licorice and chocolate flavors….it could very well merit an even more positive note. The 2016 is dense, plush and inviting.”
94+ points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Dec. 30, 2016: "There are a lot of celebrity wines in the world today, but this is certainly a top-notch, impressive effort and can be approached now, because it’s a 2014. It is soft, but promises to age gracefully for another 15-20 or more years, possibly longer."