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2014 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • msuwine wrote: 95 points

    November 18, 2018 - This rich and dense Cabernet needs another year or so to come into its own - the core is there in spades, but the rest of the wine needs to catch up. If drinking now, decant at least an hour.

    Ruby red in color and full in body, the wine offers aromas of black cherry, graphite, black licorice, and crushed gravel. Tastes of blueberry pie, boysenberry, milk chocolate, rosemary, and gravel, with a sweet and lingering finish that loses its heaviness with air. 15.2% alcohol.

    I was hoping this wine would be monumental, but it was just really, really good (first world problems, I know!). The concentration here was striking - much more saturated than the general MM - but it’s also why this wine seems to need more time. 94-95 for now, with upside in another few years (really, wait on this one).

  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    May 12, 2018 - Mike Smith Tasting and Wine Dinner PART #2: Black core fruit, with some black currant, blue river rock, scorched earth, and purple plum skin. A good deal of energy and verve for a 2014, and much more compelling than the standard 2014 MM. From the front, to the middle, to the back (like the Caro Emerald song “Back It Up!”), this wine delivered on all fronts. A day later, this was still full of life. A really nice, gravelly grip housed the dark gothic core fruit. A solid representation of the site.

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  • pdemaio wrote: 96 points

    April 2, 2018 - pdq96

  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 96 points

    December 27, 2017 - This is pretty brilliant. Perhaps not quite as spectacular as the 2015 version, but still magnificent. MM must have one amazing block of LPV. Deep, dark black and brooding in the glass. With that color, I expected a lot of oak and toast in the aroma, but not the case at all. Gorgeous notes of blackcurrant, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and wet stone minerality. Wonderful silky mouthfeel of full bodied dark fruit mixed with deep loamy earth flavors. Really coats the pallet with many nuanced layers of flavor. Fine and well integrated tannins. Very long finish. Really excited about the SVD's from MM. Too bad there aren't more of them to go around. 96+

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  • #1Winelover wrote: 98 points

    September 17, 2017 - This is my 1st experience with Memento Mori and it was stunning. It was also the 1st wine from Sam Kaplan that I enjoyed, although I have only had 2 before.

    Initially Coravin'ed a glass and it was so good, I popped this baby open. Initially no decant but decided to give it a little air. Dark purple to the rim, purple and black fruits, scorched earth, finishing with mineral and stone notes and a touch of chocolate. The tannins were integrated well and had a tiny bite, which actually helped with the experience.
    My only complain was that it was so good, it didn't last long. I did open up a bottle of Fait Main LPV to compare as that is my benchmark but made the mistake of pulling a bottle from the '13 vintage. That said, the '13 FM LPV and the '14 MM LPV had similar notes and both deserved at least a 98 rating. Could be 99 points. Just fantastic!

    Can't wait to try the single vineyard designates from 2015. I have heard from a CT friend that it was even better!

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Memento Mori
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Las Piedras
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 39 (51%)
  • Consumed 37 (49%)

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