2018 ULYSSES Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley – Oakville

$164.00

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The 2018 ULYSSES Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is an exquisite wine crafted with precision and passion. Its deep ruby color reveals aromas of blackberries, cassis, and dark chocolate. The palate is rich and velvety, with layers of black fruits, fine-grained tannins, and a long, elegant finish. A true masterpiece of Napa Valley winemaking.
Volume: 750 ML | 14.5% ABV | Collectable

6 in stock

Jeb Dunnuck – 99 Points

Just about pure perfection and the finest wine I’ve tasted from this address, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon yet includes smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all from a site just north of Dominus. This deep, inky hued beauty offers up a beautiful, full-bodied, richly textured, and incredibly concentrated style that carries ample black and blue fruit as well as notes of crushed stone, scorched earth, graphite, and lead pencil. It has the focused, structured style of the 2018 vintage and is going to benefit from 4-6 years (if not a decade) of bottle age and will be a 30+ year wine. Feb/2023 —Jeb Dunnuck | jebdunnuck.com

James Suckling – 98 Points

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. Feb/2022 —James Suckling | jamessuckling.com

Vinous – 97 Points

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. Jan/2022 —Antonio Galloni | vinous.com

Description

The 2018 Ulysses Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a profound expression of the Napa Valley’s terroir and the commitment to excellence embodied by the Ulysses Estate. This vintage emanates from the renowned Ulysses Vineyard, situated in the heart of Oakville, where meticulous viticulture and winemaking practices converge to create a wine of unparalleled depth and sophistication.

Opening with an enticing bouquet, the wine captivates the senses with aromas of blackcurrant, ripe plum, and dark cherry, intertwined with subtle notes of cedar, graphite, and a touch of violet. On the palate, the full-bodied nature of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal unfolds with layers of rich, dark fruit, complemented by nuances of cocoa, tobacco, and a hint of baking spices. The tannins are finely integrated, providing structure and elegance to the wine, while well-balanced acidity adds vibrancy and freshness.

Aged in French oak barrels, the wine acquires a velvety texture, contributing to a seamless integration of flavors and a lingering, opulent finish. The 2018 Ulysses Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a testament to the estate’s pursuit of excellence, capturing the essence of Oakville’s renowned Oakville AVA. This vintage is an invitation to experience the grace and power that define the Ulysses Estate, making it a collectible gem for enthusiasts seeking the epitome of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Acquire this exceptional wine to embark on a journey into the heart of Oakville’s terroir, where tradition and innovation converge in a glass of unparalleled sophistication. Cheers to the extraordinary with the 2018 Ulysses Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

ULYSSES EMERGES AS A PRODUCT OF CHRISTIAN MOUEIX’S UNRELENTING QUEST: an unwavering expedition to unravel the distinct character and unparalleled excellence of an extraordinary terroir, and effectively convey its distinctiveness through the medium of wine. This profound odyssey embarked in Bordeaux and persists to this day in the captivating realm of Napa Valley.

Hailing from the esteemed lineage of Bordeaux’s renowned wine merchant, Jean-Pierre Moueix, Christian was born in the charming town of Libourne, France. Having delved into the intricacies of viticulture during his tenure at the esteemed University of California, Davis, his professional trajectory has been distinguished by his pioneering introduction of revolutionary vineyard techniques, now widely embraced by the most esteemed châteaux. Presently, alongside Dominus Estate and the magnificent Ulysses Vineyard in Napa Valley, Christian, together with his son Edouard, crafts wines of distinction from eight family-owned châteaux nestled in the enchanting landscapes of Pomerol and Saint Emilion.

Christian’s unwavering commitment to the pursuit of perfection and his deep-rooted belief in stewardship serve as the impetus behind his relentless drive. With an illustrious career spanning 45 years, he has rightfully earned recognition as one of the foremost visionaries in the realm of wine. Possessing a profound passion for history, art, and literature, Christian perceives the timeless tale of Ulysses’ momentous voyage as an epic expedition and a profound lesson in humility. The narrative invokes notions of unwavering dedication, intense ardor, and the ever-passing sands of time—essentials in comprehending the intricacies of a vineyard and its innate potential to yield exceptional wines.

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