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2015 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • msuwine wrote: 96 points

    May 15, 2020 - This rich and silky Cabernet probably needs another year or two in order to unfold and reach its ideal drinking window (and, then, watch out!), but it's an incredible wine at the moment. I tasted this next to a 2015 Carter LPV La Bam, and it wasn’t even a fair fight. The Memento was more polished, integrated, pure, and delicious. Perhaps due to drawing on younger vines, the La Bam seemed less deep and more woodsy. Both need 2-3 hours of decanting, and each is tasty - but the Memento operates on another level.

    Dark crimson in color and full in body, the wine offered enticing aromas of blueberry pie, graphite, licorice, and gravel. The flavors were similarly indulgent, with silky notes of black cherry, gravel, and anise, followed by a layered and lingering finish. 15.2% alcohol.

    Truth be told, I preferred the Memento LPV 2016 when I tasted it last year, since (even though it was a riper vintage) the wine better expressed the gravelly and earthy undertone that the best LPVs offer. Even though this is more extracted, the 2015 is a stunning wine, just starting to come into its own. I just wish I hadn’t opened my only bottle! 96+ for now, with serious upside in 2022 or later.

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    November 21, 2018 - Gave this about 3 hrs in the decanter before consuming, and of course, it needed a lot longer. This is a wine that is likely to be long lived, and if consuming now you really should give it half a day of air.

    Wasn't quite as open for business as when I had it a year ago, but still, this is a terrific expression of LPV. The nose is full of crushed flowers, blackberries, plums, tilled soil and lots of mineral driven notes. Dense dark purple in the glass, this is rich, insanely well layered, with lots of black fruit, chocolate and a bit of vanilla hitting the pallet with significant earth driven flavors. The tannins are very fine and well integrated, the wine is full bodied and the finish is very long and powerful. One of my favorite wines to be sure, this is really still just a baby. Unless you are loaded with these, I'd give it another year or two.

  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    August 12, 2018 - Very similar to my 12/10/17 note. The only major difference is we PnP'd it with 6 of us drinking and it went so fast that it never had a chance to open up. It was an end of the night pull so I wasn't able to follow my own decanting advice.

    This is just a tremendous wine. If you want it to perform at its highest level, make sure you decant it for a while.

  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 98 points

    July 29, 2018 - Similar notes from before. Only rating it because Blarmston asked for a rating!

  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 98 points

    February 22, 2018 - Similar notes from my last tasting. The MM LPV is coming around nicely and now the biggest difference are the nuances from the vineyard. Earth, minerality, chalk and slate are all there. Just a fantastic bottle of wine, very well made and still a youngster.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • 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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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 49 (69%)
  • Consumed 22 (31%)

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