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98-Point Napa Red from Dominus - New Limited Allocation of 2013 Ulysses - 03/17/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Earning 98 and 96 point ratings from James Sucking and Robert Parker, it is safe to say that the Ulysses Napa Valley Cab stands among the truly exceptional wines of the monumental 2013 vintage. Calling it “absolutely mind-boggling” and “Pauillac-like,” Parker offers unabashed praise for this new project from winemaking legend Christian Moueix. A deeply profound effort the Ulysses is firing on all cylinders and is sure to impress a broad swath of collectors as it has all the right elements for both old world and new world appeal. A classic 2013 in style it is rich, bold, and unfettered with the potential to age for decades. While 2013 certainly offers a bounty of options, few wines have garnered such enthusiastic and universal praise. This coupled with its impeccable pedigree make it a truly singular opportunity that you won’t want to pass.

A Cabernet-driven blend which is harvested from a 31.5 acre estate in Oakville, the 2013 Ulysses highlights the very best of Napa Valley. Under the direction of winemaker Tod Mostero, who also produces Moueix's Dominus, it is easy to see the parallels between the two wines. Broad in scope and loaded with dark fruits it is fulsom and expressive with a very sumptuous approach. The fine grained tannins add structure and ensure many years of longevity. Remarkably refined even for such a youthful wine, it will delight in the near term, but the greatest reward will go to those who for another three years. Quantities are very limited, so act quickly to secure this great from the 2013 vintage.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2013 Ulysses Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 >36 $189.99 View
2012 Ulysses Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 >36 $179.99 View

2013 Ulysses Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($189.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Fabulous subtle aromas of black currants, violets and lilacs with a hot stone undertone. Full-bodied and dense, it shows such wonderful energy and synergy that delivers a firm yet gentle tannin backbone and complex mouthfeel that seduces you. Evolves wonderfully. Second wine from this new estate, which is owned by Christian Moueix of Dominus and Bordeaux." (01/2016)

97 points Decanter: "Wild notes of briary blackberry, red plum and elderberry are complemented by rich earth and herbs in the bouquet of the 2013 Ulysses, the second vintage for Christian Mouiex's new project in south-western Oakville. On the palate the wine is dense, juicy and firmly structured, with a compelling sense of balance and tension. Contrasting this with the 2013 Dominus over the coming decades will be fascinating.Drinking Window 2023 - 2060" (04/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Ulysses is absolutely mind-boggling, as so many wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump from the glass. Again, this is Pauillac-like, with some cedar wood and subtle barrique smells. Again produced nearly all from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich and long, with slightly sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix told me that the entire growing season averaged about two and half weeks ahead of schedule from bloom break to harvest. This is a prodigious effort and will certainly stand as the great Ulysses of the first trio to be released. I suspect it will be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or more, given the Moueix track record. (RP)" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "Gravel, smoke, graphite, savory herbs, tobacco and iron are some of the signatures in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. A typical wine from the eastern sector of Oakville on the border with Yountville, the 2013 is loaded with feral, savory notes, while the expression of blue/blackish fruit lies a bit more in the background. In 2013, the main signature is an expression of structure that is both vertical but also incredibly insistent through to the finish. In other words, this is a super-classic 2013 built for the cellar. 95+ (AG)" (02/2016)

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2012 Ulysses Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($179.99)

97 points James Suckling: " *#30 in The Top 100 Reds of Napa Valley 2016* Subtle aromas of crushed berries and tile. Mushrooms. Almost dusty. Full to medium body, powdery tannins and mouthfeel. Bright acidity that gives the wine beautiful and enticing freshness. Gentle and ethereal red. The first vintage of the new wine from the owners of Dominus. The vineyard is located in Oakville near Vine Hill. Drink or hold." (01/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Ulysses (800 cases) is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest other Bordeaux varietals. A structured, dense purple wine that displays plenty of cedar wood, crème de cassis, licorice and graphite, the wine is full-bodied, rich, backward and dense, but beautifully pure fruit and an almost Pontet-Canet-like purity and density are hallmarks of this brilliant wine. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink it over the following 20-25. I had the privilege to taste this new estate vineyard wine from Christian Moueix several months before the 2012 would be released. Moueix purchased the old Schmidt Ranch, which is just to the north of his iconic Napanook vineyard. The AVA is different, as he is on the southern border of the Oakville appellation. This is pure valley floor soil with great drainage, just to the south of Martha's Vineyard and the famous To Kalon of both Mondavi and Andy Beckstoffer. Several vintages have been made, but not yet released. The first official release is the 2012. This is a completely different style of wine than those produced at Dominus. While the property is much smaller (40 acres vs. the very large Napanook vineyard), a similar élevage is employed, with 40% to 50% new French oak, and bottling after the wine spends 20 months in wood. Moueix told me that the site, even though it is so close to Napanook, is warmer in the summer by several degrees and colder in the winter, Additionally, the soils are deeper. (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is the first commercial release from Christian Moueix's Oakville property. Sensual and alluring, yet with striking depth, the 2012 is full of sweet red cherry, raspberry jam, wild flowers, all pushed forward in a sexy, layered Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers terrific depth for a wine from this generally uneven vintage. Sweet floral and spiced notes add lift on the finish. I imagine the 2012 will reward readers with a good two decades of fine drinking. These are the first wines from Christian Moueix's property in Oakville. In 2008 Moueix bought the Schmidt Ranch, which lies on the southeastern edge of Oakville, next to Vine Hill Ranch and Missouri Hopper. From what I have gathered, the Schmidt Ranch was once considered part of the Missouri Hopper vineyard. More recently, the fruit had gone to Swanson. The Ulysses Cabernet Sauvignon is made at Dominus (there is no winery on the property) by Tod Mostero and the team at Dominus. The wines I have tasted so far reveal the distinctly ferrous, savory and tobacco notes that are typical of this sector of Napa Valley, with less of an emphasis on fruit. Compared to Dominus, Ulysses is a warmer site, so the tannins here tend to be a bit creamier than those at Dominus. These three wines certainly point to a very bright future. (AG)" (02/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Oakville fruit but Napa Valley on the label. Fresh-picked berries and bramble on the nose become focused and spiced on the palate. Nice herbal and earth notes with rocky minerality across the full length of the palate. The open fruit expression of the nose creates the expectation of a bigger wine to follow but it is classical with good restraint and an impressive sense of precision in the mouth. Beautifully done. 18/20 points (ECB)" (06/2016)