Memento Mori 2014 “Dr Crane/Beckstoffer” Cabernet Sauvignon - 97 POINTS


Memento Mori 2014 “Dr Crane/Beckstoffer” Cabernet Sauvignon


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This venture is still somewhat below the radar, although I’ve been working with them for about 5 years now.  Tiny production, but amazing quality Cabernet sourced from one of Napa’s premium vinyeards (Dr. Crane/Beckstoffer), which would be classified as  a “First Growth Vineyard” in France – So let’s call it “Top-of-the-line” here!


Memento Mori is translated from Latin as “Remember That You Will Die”.  The Winery owners’ (Hayes Drumwright, Adriel Lares & Adam Craun) translation is “Remember To Live”.


Robert Parker 97 Points: “My favorite wine is, not surprisingly, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard. This is a relatively small cuvée of only 100 cases as well. The wine has loads of smokey barbecue notes, scorched earth, charcoal embers, blueberry and blackberry notes – a wine that clearly comes from a first-growth quality vineyard. It is an old riverbed and quarry, which explains not only the minerality, but the sublime earthiness that intersects with extravagant levels of blue and black fruits in a full-bodied, multidimensional, layered mouthfeel. There is no reason to defer gratification, as this wine should drink well for the next 15-20 years.”


Winemaker Sam Kaplan says: “The quality vintages continue following 2012 and 2013. The powerful 2014 welcomes you with voracious aromas of spice bread and meat followed by viscous drops of bright cherry compote. Fleshy tannins pierce through the gravity of the middle palate and the finish reveals the subtleties of sage and thyme that render this wine timeless. Drink now with proper decanting or cellar for 20 years+.”



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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Winery: Memento Mori