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The Chop Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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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.

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Yao Ming Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Appearance is garnet red with purple hues.  Rutherford is one of the most desirable mid-valley appellations.  Elegant fruit and velvet structure, long finish.  The fruit has barrel notes of baking spice and vanilla.  The palate is supple and has long tannin structure.  The 2017 growing season was an early vintage in the Napa Valley due to Labor Day heat.  We had good balance on the fruiting wire.  This is a year that saw harvest complete by October 6.

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 to focus on harvest and bring out the essence of the vintage.  Our mountain vineyard showed exceptionally.

Tasting notes

Appearance is garnet red with purple hues.  Rutherford is one of the most desirable mid-valley appellations.  Elegant fruit and velvet structure, long finish.  The fruit has barrel notes of baking spice and vanilla.  The palate is supple and has long tannin structure.  The 2017 growing season was an early vintage in the Napa Valley due to Labor Day heat.  We had good balance on the fruiting wire.  This is a year that saw harvest complete by October 6.

 

90 Points ~ Wine & Spirits Magazine November 2020

Vineyards

The vineyard is on the Rutherford Bench on the Mayacamas Mountains.  The soils are drained bale clay loams.  We only produce five barrels due to exotic yields.

Harvest Information

Early October 2017.  Grapes were harvested at an average of 26.3°Brix.