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"We have farming input with these ranches, so we’re not simply buying these grapes," said Hinde.
The 2009 Napa Valley is a blend of 82 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. According to Hinde, Yao Family produced about 5,000 cases of the Napa Valley Cabernet and fewer than 500 cases of the Family Reserve for the 2009 vintage.
According to data from China customs, France owned 47 percent of the market for imported bottled wine in 2010. "California has a good reputation in China for its lifestyle, as a great place to vacation and for fun.
I not only want to share [the wines] with Chinese people, but also share the culture and beauty of Napa Valley." To that end, Yao hired winemaker Tom Hinde to oversee production.
Additionally, if Yao’s mother lived through the Cultural Revolution I’m wondering if she and her husband are even at their full height assuming normal nutrition. With 2 inches per standard deviation, ~85% heritability, you’d expect any of their children to be 6 standard deviations above the population norm in height (sex corrected).
Napa producers have worked to gain a foothold in China in recent years, but it can be a daunting market to enter. "While French wines have made quite an impression already, people are starting to discover California wines," he said.
This week, the winery will release the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in Beijing, Guangzhou and Yao's hometown of Shanghai. "China is the priority market" for the wine, according to Con Constandis, president and managing director for Pernod Ricard China, which is importing the wines into the People's Republic.
A Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will debut next year. "California as a wine region enjoys quite high awareness among the Chinese consumers, and, in particular, premium Napa Valley wines have a pretty good image and are gradually becoming well-accepted by sophisticated wine lovers in China." According to company officials, the Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet will be sold at 9 a bottle, in the "ultra prestige" segment of the market, where the status labels of Bordeaux and Champagne reside.
Probably so far above the norm there are more non-linearities at work so that deviations from the expected values are probably higher.
I guess only the Chinese officials who did the genealogical inquiries will know….