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Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018  - First Bottle


98 James Suckling -
Aromas of terra cotta, chocolate and hazelnut with iron and ink. Dusty. Full-bodied and round. Layered. Flamboyant and juicy. Rather soft and gorgeous. Some walnut and chocolate at the end. Persistent. Always there. Drinkable now, but will age wonderfully.
97 Vinous -
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is the best wine off Christian Moueix's Oakville ranch so far. Deep, creamy and generous, the 2018 captures the unqiue blend of fruit in a savoriness that is typical of the southern sector of Oakville where cooling winds from the south lend palpable freshness and vivacity to the vines. Black fruit, chocolate, spice, lavender and new leather are some of the many notes that build into the sumptuous finish.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerChristian Moueix
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardUlysses Vineyard
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic
  • Release DateApril 1st, 2022
  • Harvest DateOctober 6th, 2018
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • Production1300 cases

Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2018

Cabernet Blends  |  US
JS98, VN97

Certified Organic
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We tasted this recently at the Oakville Grower’s Association tasting, after fighting our way through the rest of the Napa Valley winemakers wanting to get a sample, and WHOA. Like so many of Christian’s Napa wines, this screams Bordeaux, Right Bank in this case, to our palates. From a cool part of the Oakville appellation (near Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper and Vine Hill Ranch), this is rich and creamy, but has an almost Pomerol-like sensibility to it – tightly wound, highly complex, with terrific balance and layered flavors that unfold over time. EPIC! And a perfect aging wine – this might outlive you...!

PAIRING IDEAS: We’d go with a simple seared, thick slice of sushi-grade tuna. A little salt and pepper is all you need, with a light salad to let the wine shine. THEN — a REALLY good cheese (Reblochon? Comte?), and crusty bread for after, as the wine opens and shines even more.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: We just can’t get enough of this wine, so why not vibe to “I Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode.

About the Producer

Since Christian Moueix decided to purchase the Ulysses vineyard in 2008 he's hired a dream team of growers and winemakers. The winemaking team?s intention is to produce a wine reflecting the exceptional potential and individuality of the Ulysses vineyard. The approach is minimalist, with attentive observation and restrained intervention. Harvested at perfect ripeness with the utmost care, the grapes undergo both cluster and berry selection before a gentle vinification and aging. Situated along Napa Valley?s Oakville bench and extending over an alluvial fan at the foot of the Mayacamas Range, the site was once part of the famed Charles Hopper ranch and it is exceptional for winegrowing.