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Debut Vintage of Ulysses

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PRE-SELL FOR NEW CHRISTIAN MOUEIX ESTATE: ULYSSES Ulysses Wine Pre SaleWe are thrilled to offer wine lovers a special pre-sell opportunity to purchase “Ulysses,” the New Napa Estate of Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus and Dominus. Contact Michael’s Wine Cellar (941-366-0007, ext. 249) to secure your bottles ($169.95) of the debut vintage! Very limited. The wine, estate bottled, calls to mind “authenticity, purity and radiance.” Ulysses is a distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It should be decanted prior to serving. Our first vintage, Ulysses 2012, is a finely sculpted wine with elegance and lift. "The 2012s are so delicious to drink now and they really are crowd pleasers in every sense of the word." - James Suckling, 97 Points "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. What Moueix has done is produce a wine that is in complete contrast to Dominus. The wines of Dominus are known for their silky complexity, and even though there is virtually no Merlot in any of the top vintages, they always have an almost Pomerol-like lushness and opulence. Ulysses, on the other hand, is a Napa version of a first or second growth Pauillac. The crème de cassis, the licorice, the purity and the graphite notes are present in all three of these vintages, just in varying degrees." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 93 Points

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