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Memento Mori 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Just about pure perfection in a glass, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 100% varietal sourced from top sites including Dr. Crane, Las Piedras, Weitz, Oakville Ranch, and Vine Hill. This deep purple/blue-hued beauty boasts a stunning bouquet of pure crème de cassis and blackberry fruits as well as complex forest floor, graphite, chocolate, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, rich, sexy, yet incredibly elegant and seamless on the palate, this is pure Napa Valley magic that has appeal even today yet the class to evolve for 30 years in cold cellars. (1/2021)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of each of the single-vineyard wine sites (Dr. Crane, Las Piedras and Vine Hill Ranch), plus fruit from Oakville Ranch and Weitz vineyards. It was aged for 22 months in French oak, 100% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the gate with energetic scents of warm cassis, blackberry pie, boysenberries and wild blueberries plus hints of mocha, black truffles, fertile loam and lavender, with a waft of Chinese five spice. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and decadent with a velvety texture and fantastic freshness, it finishes long and layered. (LPB) 1/2021)

94 points Wine Spectator

This shows the vivid fruit of the vintage. with a really lovely array of cassis, plum preserves and violet that streams through, carried by a perfectly embedded graphite spine and backed by a long finish that glistens with anise and sweet bay leaf notes. (JM) (10/2021)

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