I’ve heard this affectionally referred to as ‘Baby Dominus’ for obvious reasons and I think it fits the moniker to a tee. Back in 2008, Christian Moueix, the Bordeaux born superstar winemaker and businessman who is best known for founding Dominus, purchased an extraordinary vineyard that was originally part of Charles Hopper Ranch back in the 1800’s.
He’d name the Vineyard ‘Ulysess’ after Homer’s Odyssey which he found fitting since it was a journey of his own which led him to the Oakville hotspot on the foot of the Mayacamas range.
Checking in at about half the price of Dominus and featuring many of the same resources as its big brother, including the picture perfect Oakville vineyard which this is drawn from, the 2019 is one of the stars of a phenomenal Napa Valley vintage.
If you’re a Cabernet lover and/or Napa Valley collector looking for something special, the Ulysess should be on your radar especially in a vintage like 2019. 97 points from Jeb Dunnuck who deemed it “another awesome 2019 that matches ample richness and depth with a terrific sense of finesse”.
97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) with the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Incredible aromatics of red and black currants, spring flowers, graphite, camphor, and cedar define the aromatics, and it’s incredibly polished and elegant on the palate, with medium to full body, gorgeous tannins, and a great finish. This is another awesome 2019 that matches ample richness and depth with a terrific sense of finesse. Drink bottles over the coming two decades.
95 Points, 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.