Ulysses (Dominus) Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 750 mL (Napa Valley, California) - [JD 97] [VM 95]

Ulysses
(Dominus) Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 750 mL
(Napa Valley, California) - [JD 97] [VM 95]


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Cult Oakville Wine from Dominus Owner & Winemaker 

About the Estate:
Ulysses is a Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot produced from Ulysses Vineyard, Oakville, California.

Steeped in history, ULYSSES Vineyard, part of the original 1800’s Charles Hopper Ranch, was acquired in 2008 by Christian Moueix. Along the Napa Valley’s Oakville bench and extending over an alluvial fan at the foot of the Mayacamas Range, the site is exceptional for winegrowing. The soil is composed of deep, gravelly, clay loam and is particularly well-suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon.

Since the acquisition, Christian Moueix and his team have pursued an in-depth understanding of the soil and microclimate and have undertaken a lengthy and meticulous vineyard restoration. Dry farming, the foundation of Ulysses’ sustainable farming practices, enhances root depth and resistance to drought, resulting in a wine that is a pure expression of its terroir.

Our approach is minimalist, with attentive observation and restrained intervention. Harvested at perfect ripeness and with the utmost care, the grapes undergo both cluster and berry selection before a gentle vinification and aging.

WEATHER 2019: The 2019 vintage was characterized by heavy rains in winter and spring, with a total of 53” of rain compared to an historical average of 31”. A year of contrasts, a warm January was followed by the coldest February since 1998. April was the second warmest April on record after 2013, but May (during bloom) was particularly rainy and cold. The first heat wave of the season was on June 10th and 11th reaching 102 F, which represented a violent change of temperature after the very cold month of May. With soils saturated and warm temperatures, shoot growth was exuberant. The summer was warm with several heat spikes and high temperatures exceeding the historical average from June to September.

Notes From The Winemaker:

The wine opens with vibrant floral stems, red currants, forest undergrowth & iron ore, tightly wrapped in a lingering dark chocolate finish.

Ratings & Reviews

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." (December 2023)

95 Points - Vinous Media:
"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. I suspect the heavy rains in spring and two heat spikes in late summer had some effect in a site, which was entirely replanted in 2008." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2023)