Yao Family Wines

2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

California: Napa Valley

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Mission Briefing


Above the Rim

It may seem unlikely that former NBA star and international icon Yao Ming is now soaring above the competition in the Napa Valley. Not only did he enter an entirely new game in wine production, but he’s crushing it in his rookie season.

What’s impressive about his 2009 Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is how the wine’s best qualities express a caliber of Cabernet that clearly has top winemaking, grapes, barrels, and land. This is a super impressive wine that will put a big smile on the face of Cab aficionados and collectors alike. Look for richly layered dark berries, cedar, sweet tobacco, and the signature dusty loam spice of Napa Valley fruit.

This is a wine that currently sells for $110-$150. Today via The Wine Spies it’s available for only $74.99.

Tasting Profile


Opaque. Pomegranate edged.


Wow! Pronounced barrel aromas of roasted coffee, mocha, and vanilla. Cabernet Sauvignon varietal emerges with berries, plums, sweet tobacco, cedar, dusty earth, and even a pretty floral whiff.


Deep and concentrated with dark berries, graphite, toast, cacao, and a dusty hillside spice.


Smooth and plush with structure and bones. The flavors linger for 30 seconds. Serious stuff!


This is a big wine, but quite balanced. Best pairing options involve a prime cut of red meat such as an aged New York or grilled lamb chops.

What the Winery Says

Mid to late October 2009. Grapes were harvested at an average of 24.7°Brix
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot
Cooperage and Aging
65% new barrels. 100% French Oak. 18 months total time in barrel
Final bottling technical information
pH: 3.62, TA: 6.16 g/L
Tom Hinde
Release date
December 2011

About the Winery

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