2017 Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
And epic wine named for an epic hero, Christian Moueix captures the soul of Napa Valley’s famed Oakville Bench in his distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromatics are explosive, with crushed berries and black tea leading the way. The palate is densely layered with deep cherry, balsamic, peat, and fresh walnut. James Suckling calls it, “So beautiful to drink now.” Put an end to Ulysses’ long journey and bring it home.
Ulysses is a special vineyard on the west end of Oakville purchased by Christian Moueix (of Dominus and Château Petrus fame) in 2008. We were only able to secure a small handful of cases of this opulent, cassis and red rose-scented beauty. You'll need to be lashed to the mast to keep you from heeding the siren call and draining the bottle! This is a wine for true collectors if we ever saw one.
Extremely aromatic with crushed berries, currants, flowers and hints of uncured tobacco leaf. Carnations. Medium to full body and extremely fine tannins that are firm and polished. Vertical tannins draw you down. Some blanched-walnut character to the blue fruit. Fresh and clean at the finish. Release in spring 2021. So beautiful to drink now.
This is packed with the ripe, vivid fruit of the vintage, sporting intense cassis, raspberry and blackberry flavors allied to prodigious structure in the form of licorice root and roasted apple wood notes. Rippling with muscle through the finish, but without being domineering, showing focus and detail. Like a Richard Serra, this is seemingly immense at first glance, but steadily pulls you in with its details. Best from 2022 through 2038. 1,000 cases made.
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Now the Oakville brother to Christian Moueix’s Dominus Estate in Yountville, Ulysses grows on a parallel benchland site up-valley, though the dry-farmed vines in Oakville do not share the almost imperceptible Yountville slope. The soil is deep, gravelly clay loam, the vines yielding a wine that’s firm, lean and fragrant. In 2017, the energy of the wine is at the service of its simple flavors, youthfully black in its grape-skin tannins, needing bottle age to grow more expressive.