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2018 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2026 - 2039 (Edit)
CT95.8 7 reviews
Label borrowed from 2017
Label borrowed from 2017
Label borrowed from 2016

Community Tasting Notes 7

  • sean7711 Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 4, 2021 - Saturday LPV taste off: 2018 Carter La Bam vs 2018 Memento Mori LPV

    Both wines were decanted for about 1 hour and then drank over the next 4-5. I saved a glass of wine in both for the next day. We had grilled rack of lamb and couscous salad which was a nice pairing.

    My girlfriend and I thought the Carter was showing better at this point in time. When I tasted the 2018 La Bam back in May at Carter, it was a really imposing, black tar, dense wine. It has really opened up a few months later. Velvety, streaks of minerality, and ripe blueberry black fruits.

    The Memento Mori needs time. It had a similar minerality and blueberry fruit notes, but a massive wall of tannins. It's pretty evident when putting these two wines against each other how Sam's style is arguably built for more years than Mike Smith's. In this case, neither is a plus or minus. Both are well made wines, and I think the Carter is drinking really well now. For the MM, wait another 3-5 years before your first bottle. 97+ potential for both.

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 21, 2021 - Nose: [57°-64°] Sweet grape flesh (wine grapes), soft forest floor, softly sweet red fruits and damp tree bark.

    Palate: [57°-64°] Deep black fruits with a touch of dark red fruits, deep scorched earth shaded in with a dark pencil, dark earthen minerals and spicy tree bark on the finish.

    Attributes: Clear dark ruby. Dry with medium amounts of grainy tannin. Medium-plus body with medium to medium-plus acidity. Good finish of at least 16-18 seconds.

    Thoughts: It's good but this strikes a different chord with me.. so hard to pinpoint exactly what. Something is just slightly off.. There are a lot of similarities compared to their blend I had last night and more fruit compared to the blend for sure. I thought I knew LPV by now but I guess not. This is good but to me it is like a V8 engine but with a light to medium chassis. There's also a tail of heat and spice that will not let up (even after 8 hours). I'm sure time will help this develop but man I am having a difficult time seeing what the others see in this (I know, I suck). Obviously still early (maybe even a phase) but I hope time will bring a bit more balance and integration, maybe even gain a bit of heft I hope. Fingers crossed for tomorrow's Dr. Crane because I am left a bit disappointed after tonight.

    Talk to me, give it to me straight, let me hear what I'm doing wrong other than popping this bottle way too early.

    Other notes: Bordeaux glass. Emptied bottle into a decanter at cellar temp ~55° for 4 hours before serving, continued to decant while consumed over another 5 hours (total 9hrs). Recommend serving ~56°-62° with a decant of 7-8 hours at cellar temp if opening now or cellar for 4-5 years.

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  • ageverett Likes this wine: 98 points

    May 4, 2021 - Splash decant. Opened right up into a stunning wine. Good candidate for an early peak.

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  • bsumoba Likes this wine: 96 points

    May 1, 2021 - Napa - Lokoya - Vice Versa - Memento Mori: The Las Piedras was intriguing from the get-go. Black fruit, some cedar and purple flowers filled the glass. The tannins were elegant, fine and is built to go the distance if you want, but no doubt ready to go today with a decant. This was initially #1, but the VHR edged it out. Memento Mori wines are so intriguing. You cannot help but keep going back to the glass. For a moment during the tasting, I felt like I was being duped. You would smell one thing and then taste something else. It was an exercise that went on for the entire duration of the tasting and it was alluring and exciting.

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 5, 2019 - Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

    Ugh why can’t I go to a tasting and be under impressed and declare No More $200 Wines! Well for starters I have zero self control and an all-in personality. Second, these SVDs are shaping up to be killers. Will this be the vintage of the decade, century or before dinosaurs walked the earth- no clue but I can tell you the ones I have been fortunate enough to taste seem to have a step up on others at this very stage.

    Preface: I am typically not a red and/or higher acid profile fan unless they are absolutely killer so my intention was to go in from an educational purpose with the hopes of not really loving the wine (translate save money).

    Now what’s interesting to me (wine enthusiast or is it dork?) is the opportunity to taste the 2016 VHR within the same weekend as the 2018 Keplinger VHR and 2018 Memento Mori VHR. Since I am not as familiar with VHR except for maybe Bond’s Vecina (limited tastings) I was really looking forward to this learning experience and what better way than to go to the source, VHR with Bruce and then try three different wine making approaches to the wines with the wine makers themselves. A bit out of order we tried MM VHR, VHR itself and then Keplinger.

    Bored yet? Read on you will be. Wait what am I even talking about?

    Unfortunately man plans and g-d laughs. This barrel sample that is not even a year in barrel demanded you to take notice. It didn’t just have the calm red fruits with acid ending- it had it all. It was like your blind date showing up in a big sweater and puffy ski coat because it’s VT in the dead of winter. You waive good by to your roommate giving him the reminder signal should you need to be pulled out mid dinner, only to find out once the 57 layers are removed, you are sitting across the table from Brooke Shields. She is not the slutty deep dark brooding big Napa Cabernet rather knockout gorgeous wine that you will begin to appreciate right away but over time will knock your socks off. This wine has everything going for it (at least at this stage) from black and red fruits, to the depth and complexity you would expect from Sam’s wines. Of the three VHRs, in their current stage, and I reserve the right to change, I would put this at number 2 of VHRs and #2 of the three barrel samples but just barely. Keep in mind all three are insanely good, simply having to choose between fractions of each other. This will be a full allocation purchase in the future. Well done. 95-97++

    Should my fingers really start cramping up from a tasting note? Must be because I am sober. Anyway the LPV came across very different as if it didn’t want to come out and play and therefore hid behind its shell of minerals protecting the core of black and dark red fruit. Didn’t have time to tease this out over hours, and don’t get me wrong this is still a compelling beast, but it will take the longest to open up and join its brother and sisters. This is a bit locked but based on an amazing vintage, a site I love and an incredible wine maker I will buy for sure. 95-97+. This was #3 for me that night.

    Damnit Jim, I am a doctor not a... ok over used but The Doctor was definitely in the House that night. MM 2016 Dr Crane is a favorite so I may have been like a kid in a candy store after hours waiting to taste the Dr (very good experience with 2018 VV Dr Crane as well) and it did not disappoint. Already had amazing viscous feel with the mineral driven dark fruits that are already deftly integrated (for this stage anyway) what will hopeful become further complimented by the mocha/chocolate I have come to enjoy from this wine. This wine stole the show and has the most immediate drinking potential but will also last in the cellar. #1 wine of the flight. 95-98++

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Napa Valley’s 2018s, 1/27/2021 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Memento Mori
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Las Piedras
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (4%)
  • In Cellars 341 (91%)
  • Consumed 18 (5%)

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