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Ulysses 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

97 points new release - limited                         
Rare new release from Dominus owner Christian

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."

Dominus owner Christian Moueix had always been intrigued by the potential of southern Oakville’s terroirs, so when the Schmidt Ranch came onto the market in 2008, he jumped at the chance to acquire it.The property, renamed Ulysses, sits on an alluvial fan, revealing similar soils to the better-drained western part of Dominus’ Napanook vineyard. But climactically the site is very different. Here, the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay is mitigated by the Yountville hills, so summer temperatures at Ulysses can be as much as four degrees Fahrenheit warmer.  Upon acquiring the property, an extensive programme of replanting began, informed by over 30 years’ experience at Dominus.


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