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Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville Napa Valley 2019  - First Bottle


95 Vinous -
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very pretty Oakville Cabernet. Bright acids and lifted aromatics meld into a core of dark red-fleshed fruit laced with attractive exotic overtones. A wine of linear intensity, the 2019 impresses with its persistence and overall drive. It will be interesting to see if the 2019 develops a bit more mid-palate richness and overall depth. I suspect the heavy rains in spring and two heat spikes in late summer had some effect in a site, which was entirely replanted in 2008.
93 Wine Spectator -
A rich, slow-moving style, with waves of cassis, plum reduction and Black Forest cake laced with licorice root and espresso crema along the way. The finish delivers heavy glossy toast notes, which should be soaked up in due time. This should unwind nicely with cellaring. Best from 2024 through 2038.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationOakville
  • VineyardUlysses Vineyard
  • Farming MethodSustainable and Dry Farm
  • Release Date44986
  • Harvest DateSeptember 26th - October 11th 2019
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • Production1200 cases

Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville Napa Valley 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
VN95, WS93

Sustainable and Dry Farm
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From the legendary vintner behind Dominus Estate here in Napa, (and a little estate in Pomerol called Chateau Petrus), Christian Moueix is the wizard behind the curtain at Ulysses – a rising star in Napa’s cult cab game. We have just five cases on this 95 point beauty...Bordeaux elegance wrapped in Napa’s polished and profound cloak.

We tasted this a ways back 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 wow, did it live up to the hype! 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...!

Christian Moueix, acquired this pristine corner of the historic Missouri Hopper vineyard in 2008, tucked right next to Vine Hill Ranch and Bond’s Vecina site. Pretty great company for a spectacular newcomer poised to make waves. It’s highly stylized and lifted, with a grounding minerality and chocolatey depth that is classic Oakville. This is built to last, but the trademark friendliness and open-knit quality of the wine in its youth make it a good choice either way.

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.