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2014 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2019 - 2044 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • Shay.Aldriedge Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 9, 2021 - Such a love/hate relationship with the fancy tissue paper on bottles. I was under the impression I was opening their cab blend from 2014, not their single vineyard Dr Crane. I don’t know if the tissue paper is different, but I figured after tearing away the paper, maybe it was meant to be that this was the bottle to open...lucky me! About 100 cases, I believe.

    I’m between a 94-95 here. Having never had this wine before (though I really enjoyed their silky 2014 cab), but knowing Dr Crane is my favorite vineyard, I had high expectations. I wasn’t in a place to be able to decant this and give it the time it deserved, unfortunately, but figured the rich and open knit nature of Napa’s 2014 vintage would be to my benefit. I found this to be a solid expression of Beckstoffer Dr Crane...near purple/black in the glass with explosive aromatics. Juniper, violets, charcoal, stone, mocha, black currant, blackberry and unabashedly dark. Much of that translate to the palate...a core of dark fruits and beautiful floral notes with a spine of “minerality”. This is a big wine, and obviously improved the longer it was open. I was able to cork this and come back to it a couple hours later and it was more layered, with chewy tannins (to be expected). Although I wish I would have known I was opening this so that I could have been more prepared, it was certainly delicious. Decant for 2-3hrs if opening now, or hold a couple more years.

  • EM_MB Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 12, 2020 - Slow ox for 6 hours. Surprisingly well integrated given its relative youth. Delicious now but I suspect will improve. Paired amazingly well w grass fed fillet during Shelter at Home day 29.

  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 97 points

    April 27, 2019 - Decided to try a bottle of 2014 since I'm not the biggest fan of that year but I am a huge MM fan. Glad that I did!

    This is drinking great right now. Nice clear purple coloring throughout, medium in body and smooth -- not silky smooth but smooth nonetheless. Blackberry, earth and chocolate notes throughout. Interestingly, I couldn't really taste the hallmark Dr. Crane Vineyard notes but it was still great.

    Contrary to other wineries, Memento Mori believes that their blend is their signature wine and therefore, offers it up at the same price.

  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 13, 2017 - Decanted 1/2 of the bottle for 4 hours and it was drinking very nicely. I will finish the other 1/2 tonight. Dark purple/black with red around the rim. The smell was nice. This is a rich wine, medium to full bodied with lots going on. It had Blackberry as its primary fruit. Very smooth, easy and enjoyable to drink. The finish was fantastic with graphite and chocolate notes. 96-97 points.

    I have never had their regular bottling and I look forward to trying it this year.

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  • msuwine wrote: 96 points

    October 27, 2017 - This rich and layered Cabernet is drinking beautifully right now, though it should be even better in a year or two. I thought this was a step up from the 2014 MM - but not a huge step up. In comparison to the main bottling (which I tasted a few months ago), the Crane seemed more dark and compact, with more rough edges, more potential to age, and more need for time in bottle. Both wines, though, are outstanding.

    Cherry red in color, medium in body, nose of blackberry, graphite, and baking spices. Tastes of back cherry, dark chocolate, mocha, rosemary, and pine needles, with a finish that carries tannins and tartness that indicate some time is necessary. 15.2% alcohol. Be sure to decant at least an hour or so, since this needs time to open up.

    I've been intrigued by the winery's decision to charge the same amount for the general bottling (a mixture of Piedras, Crane, and Weitz) and the single vineyards. Although I have zero inside information on this, my sense is that these are just different wines. At the moment, the general bottling is more silky and round, while the Crane, at least, is a bit more inward and layered. I'd be hard pressed to say one is obviously better than the other, though the Crane seemed a bit more complex tonight (and will be better in 3-5 years time). Bottom line, the wines are both different, and they're both brilliant.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Memento Mori
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Dr. Crane
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

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  • In Cellars 29 (62%)
  • Consumed 18 (38%)

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