Red

2016 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • csimm1161 wrote:

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): I've written quite a bit on this wine already. Strikingly similar to the 2019 barrel sample we had two days earlier, the 2016 LPV from Memento Mori busts out of its seams with powerfully ripe black fruit and dominating black rock elements. More overt brawn here than the 2019, but the 2016 found a pathway to fuller and more seamless flavor expansion with a considerable amount of air. The serious mineral side is layered with the equally serious black fruit core that I continue to be especially drawn to. As previously mentioned, the bridge between 2019 and 2016 seems evident to me with the Memento Mori wines, which is obviously a great thing. I think the 2019s will be a bit more approachable than the 2016s in general, as the 2019’s freshness is already inviting and work well at taming some of the explicit power. This 2016 is a staple wine for LPV and a fine representation of Napa Cabernet. Give it 5+ years to shed some of its superflex.

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  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 6:48 AM - I'm new to the MM family as of 18. 16 seems to be the benchmark vintage that got folks hooked on the SVD wines. I look forward to building a library of these over the years. With focus on DRC, VH & LPV.

    I'm enjoying these notes on a rain Saturday Morning. Thanks for posting CSIMM.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/1/21, 9:08 AM - They are very good wines and Kaplan is consistent with their profiles. I personally like the LPV but the VHR is pretty electric. The Crane is as you'd expect, with readily identifiable fruit and less mineral influence. MM ages pretty well too, but can (like many wines) have their ups and downs as they integrate.

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