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2017 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2022 - 2032 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • msuwine wrote: 95 points

    December 9, 2020 - This ripe and powerful wine is drinking beautifully right now, with the depth and richness I expect from the Crane vineyard. It initially seems narrow and extracted like many 2017s, but it finds a groove after a few hours of air. I preferred the MM VHR when I tasted it earlier this year, but - whatever your doubts about the vintage (and I have many) - this is a Crane worthy of its name.

    Dark red in color; full in body; nose of cherry pie, boysenberry, camphor, and pencil lead. Flavors of blackberry, black licorice, dried fig, and charcoal, with a sweet and chunky finish that smoothes out after two hours. So many 2017s were dense but not balanced, or balanced but not dense, and this wine ably walks the line. 15.2% alcohol. 94-95 for now, with real upside in 2022 or later.

  • ageverett Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 3, 2020 - Very nice juice that needs some more time to really round into form. Also opened a 2017 Myriad Elysian Dr. Crane, which opened up quicker and was the slightly preferred wine.

    Drank the remaining half + of this bottle on Day 2 and it had opened a little further.

  • Raflores86 Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 30, 2020 - Opened and let the bottle breathe for 5+ hours. Big wine. Opaque almost black color. Strong fine tannins, black and blue fruit on the nose, hints of vanilla. Very long finish. Needs more time to fully develop. in 2-3 years this wine will be better. 94 with room for improvement

  • Cristal2000 wrote: 94 points

    February 4, 2020 - Had the 17 Vice Versa Dr Crane and 17 Memento Mori Dr Crane side by side from Coravin pour - because, why not? Wondering if any of these 17's can really discard the general theme of being underripe, with harsher tannins, a thinner mid palate and fairly bitter finish. Unless you're JD giving everything 97+, I think most of us regular Napa Cab drinkers recognize how difficult this vintage was for even the best wineries, and these are absolutely two of the very best.

    The noses are actually more different than I would expect. The VV shows fresh violets, lots of forest floor, hints of blueberries and lots of minerality. The MM is more pungent and weighty, with rich blackberries and blueberries, hints of cedar and tobacco. Slight edge here goes to VV for the overall freshness and floral aromatics.

    The VV is crisp and fresh, with lots of deep mineral driven flavors accompanying mostly blue fruit. The tannins are prominent and while definitely not as seamless as the 15-16 edition, still nicely granular and very firm. The depth of flavor doesn't quite get to recent vintages, but it is super high quality and pure overall. Finish is really long.

    The MM is not quite as crisp but has slightly more depth and concentration, in addition to a bit more well integrated and seamless tannin profile. Like the VV, this is medium to full bodied, with mostly blue fruit. The minerality isn't quite as prominent, and rather there are more hints of oak and perhaps some burnt ember notes. There is a mid palate bitterness seems reflective of the vintage, and it carries into a long if slightly astringent finish.

    After drinking them side by side, comparing them as they received air and going back and forth, they start to resemble each other more and more in their overall profile. It's hard coming off such a great vintage in 2016, because the depth, tannin integration and mid palate bitterness are obvious. Despite their similarities, I'm giving the VV the edge here, because it was more pure, had better aromatics and wasn't as overall bitter and astringent.

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  • dmwilsondvm Likes this wine: 98 points

    December 7, 2019 - Memento Mori (Napa tasting room): Very fortunate to be able to have a quick taste of this. Marvelous wine. Very rich, full-bodied. A relatively big wine comparatively to the 2017 Cab release. More complexity. Dark blue fruit, blackberry, lavender. Long finish, 45+ seconds. Well structured, smooth tannin. Showing beautifully.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • 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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  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 316 (87%)
  • Consumed 43 (12%)

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