Christian Moueix Ulysses Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

$179.99

97 points new release - limited                          Rare new release from Dominus owner Christian Moueix. 98+ Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Bright, powerful and pulsing with energy, the 2016 possesses stunning textural depth allied to a real sense of drive. Black cherry, tobacco, menthol, sage and licorice give this Cabernet from southern Oakville much of its distinctive personality. In this tasting, the 2016 Ulysses simply towers with pedigree and character. I loved it. Although the track record is short, the 2016 is the finest wine Christian Moueix and Tod Mostero have made at Ulysses." Dominus owner Christian Moueix had always been intrigued by the potential of southern Oakville’s terroirs, so when the Schmidt Ranch came onto the market in 2008, he jumped at the chance to acquire it.The property, renamed Ulysses, sits on an alluvial fan, revealing similar soils to the better-drained western part of Dominus’ Napanook vineyard. But climactically the site is very different. Here, the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay is mitigated by the Yountville hills, so summer temperatures at Ulysses can be as much as four degrees Fahrenheit warmer.  Upon acquiring the property, an extensive programme of replanting began, informed by over 30 years’ experience at Dominus.  

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Ratings on Delectable

Nathan Renfro

Prob opened early but wanted to try. Blueberry and blackberry fruit, green pepper. Nice earthiness and structure. A bit too highly rated in my mind

Prob opened early but wanted to try. Blueberry and blackberry fruit, green pepper. Nice earthiness and structure. A bit too highly rated in my mind

9.2

Eric S

Stunner. Rating based on figure potential. I shouldn’t have opened but had to. So killer. Decades of life ahead.

Stunner. Rating based on figure potential. I shouldn’t have opened but had to. So killer. Decades of life ahead.

9.7

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