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2019 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon

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98The Wine Advocate

...tantalizing core of Black Forest cake, blackcurrant cordial and candied violets with a waft of black raspberries...medium to full-bodied palate is taut with ripe black fruits and a fine-grained textured, delivering loads of perfumed layers on the long finish.

93Wine Spectator

Polished and rich in feel, showing a steady moving core of cassis, plum sauce and roasted vanilla and cedar, with hints of tobacco and humus.


Memento Mori

Memento Mori is a new winemaking venture started by three partners, all with backgrounds in high technology or finance. The partners are Hayes Drumwright, Adriel Lares and Adam Craun. Their winemaker is Sam Kaplan, one of Napa Valley’s rising winemaking stars. Memento Mori sources grapes from top Napa Valley vineyards, including Beckstoffer’s Dr. Crane and las Piedras Vineyards, and Weitz and Oakville Ranch Vineyards in Oakville. The estate makes a premium Cabernet Sauvignon at the rate of about 600 cases per year. It is generally available only through its mailing list, and it has impressed reviewers. Robert M. Parker Jr. awarded the 2013 vintage 97 pts and called it “brilliant.”


United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,


Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.