|Brand||Yao Ming Family|
|Oak Treatment||French oak|
|Total Varietal Composition %||97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot|
Blended with 3% Petit Verdot, this dark-garnet wine bursts with aromas of herb, clove, tobacco and cedar. Aged entirely in new French oak for two years, it shows a decadent, sumptuous texture built by soft, integrated tannins around a core of dark chocolate and cassis.
Fruit was rigorously hand-sorted and fully destemmed to small stainless-steel tanks with light crushing. Cold soaks (5-7 days), warm fermentations between 29– 32°C (85-90°F), and moderate pumpovers twice each day. Total skin contact ranged from 19-34 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on full fermentation lees for malolactic fermentation (ML). Racking was twice per year with only one assemblage being done to allow the blend to “marry” in barrel. Barrels for final blend were hand selected by taste. Native yeast and ML used with only small lots conducted using cultured Bordeaux isolates. Bottled without filtration.