WINE REVIEW: Memento Mori 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA ($250)
by Andrew Chalk
Little known but likely to be renowned in the future, Memento Mori is best summarized by winemaker Sam Kaplan:
“Incredibly elegant and polished, our 2019 'Flagship' Cabernet Sauvignon is a composite blend of the five heritage vineyards we exclusively source from ~ Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Beckstoffer Las Piedras, Vine Hill Ranch, Weitz Vineyard, and Oakville Ranch. Energetic waves of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, cigar box, spiced mocha and clove leap out of the glass, continuing to expand and evolve with time. This wine is a decadent mixture of black, blue and red fruits that are supported by expressive minerality and cashmere-like tannins. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, you can taste the energy and tension of the vintage, while a firm structure of keen acidity and crushed rocks lead into an intoxicatingly long finish. Expressive in its youth, this wine will only get better with every year that passes.”
Appearance: Opaque core.
Nose: Cloves, raspberry, cedar, honey, cassis. Complex like a passage with turns and gradients, it keeps revealing some new essence with each inspection.
Palate: Explosive raspberry and blackberry fruit in the mouth. Grippy tannins. The finish is an epic.