Our goal is to combine elegance, power, aromatics, texture, finish, and longevity to create beautifully balanced wines that are approachable in their youth, but have enough structure to cellar for long term aging.
Memento Mori wines are made available via allocation throughout the year in extremely limited quantities. In addition to our Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, our portfolio of wines feature three single-vineyards from Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Beckstoffer Las Piedras, and Vine Hill Ranch. Allocations of these wines are rewarded to mailing list collectors with an active purchase history.
Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon
2021 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A dynamic blend that marries fruit from all the vineyards that we work with, this Cabernet reinforces that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts while spotlighting a truly wonderful vintage. Dark red raspberries, mulberries, spiced mocha, pencil shavings, incense, and vanilla bean lead into a plush and sensual mid-palate full of red plums, crushed stones, kirsch, freshly cut lilacs, clove, and toasted marshmallow. Aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months, finely grained tannins frame a concentrated and powerful liquid expression that lead into an opulent finish that lingers on the palate and delights the senses.
2020 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The signature blend that brings together all the vineyards that have become part of our story, this wine perfectly embodies the intersection of opulent power and sophisticated grace. Black plums, wild blueberries, cassis, lilacs, forest floor, and spicy oak bound out of the glass, only to be matched by a finesse-laden palate full of dark fruits, rocky minerals, graphite, black currant, cigar box, and cedar. Aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months and wrapped in a cloak of beautiful, finely grained tannins, this is a dynamic offering dripping with substance whose best days are clearly ahead of it.
2019 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Our 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon captures your attention from first glance proceeds to keep it until it chooses to let you go. Energetic waves of blackberries, boysenberries, cassis, cigar box, spiced mocha and clove bound out of the glass, continuing to expand and evolve with time in the glass. Pulling fruit from all of the vineyards that we work with, a decadent mixture of black, blue and red fruits are supported by expressive minerality, vibrant acidity and plush tannins. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, this a seductive and sensual offering that highlights a vintage full of life and energy, and is sure to deliver pleasure now and for years to come.
2018 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Sourced from Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Beckstoffer Las Piedras, Vine Hill Ranch, Weitz Vineyard, and Oakville Ranch vineyards, the dense purple core is enhanced by the decadently layered fruit of this formidable wine. Ripe blackberries, crushed boysenberries, black plums, spiced mocha and hints of cassis are backed by touches of black tea, wet stone, cigar box and Indian spices that continue to evolve in the glass. A medley of wild blackberries, blueberries and black raspberries frame a sophisticatedly nuanced mid-palate, all wrapped in plush, fine-grained tannins that sit on the palate with ease and are an absolute pleasure to imbibe. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, this spotlights the grace and beauty of the 2018 vintage in a package that’s both ready to drink and built for long-term aging.
2017 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A prima ballerina wine of elegance and bright, red-fruited character, this beauty walks the tightrope of balance and strength. The palate unfurls slowly into cherry, raspberry and red plum notes with a savory hint of red bell pepper. An ethereal, regal wine. Drink in five to ten years.
2016 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A dense magenta hue foretells an intensely aromatic wine, bursting with fresh-picked red and black cherry. Framed with garrigue-like lavender and wild violet floral components that persist throughout the nose, mid-palate and prolonged finish, this wine is absolutely beautiful. Drink ten years from now.
2015 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Deeply colored, with powerful, dark-fruited aromas that evolve into beautiful floral undertones of violet, lavender and rose petal. Blackberry and black cherry fruit are threaded with complex notes of sage, bergamot tea, licorice and wet rock minerality. Subtle nutmeg spice and silky lingering tannins mark an exceptionally long, balanced finish.
2014 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
An absolutely gorgeous bouquet of wild, dark-fruited aromas leads into a heady palate replete with both red and black cherry along with cassis fruit, pomegranate and black plum for an added dollop of complexity. With its rounded tannins, this wine is very elegant yet still quite youthful. Drink in five to 15 years.
2013 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Intense, fruit-driven aromas evoke the power of this vintage. Dark, ripe brambly berry notes have a French vanilla bean spice frame, coated by rounded tannins that persist through the never-ending finish. Drink in the next five years.
2012 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Fresh aromas of eucalyptus and mint are backed up briary fruit, boysenberry, while spice box tones of nutmeg and coriander mingle with lavender and violet floral aromas after it opens up in the glass. Ten years in, this is still a very powerful wine. Drink in the next decade.
2011 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Dark purple hue. Intense black fruit aromas are framed with cacao, red clay earth, and an intriguing hint of red bell pepper. Delicately structured, with more red fruit character on the palate, this is an incredibly elegant example from a cool, Bordeaux-like vintage.
2010 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This is as classic as Napa Cabernet gets, with a truly elegant structure and a plethora of savory character. Sage, leather, blonde tobacco, black tea, and green olive provide a complex backbone up against a bright red fruit core.
Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
2021 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Sourced from the western edge of this hallowed vineyard, our Dr. Crane delivers a dynamic complexity reinforcing the pedigree of one of Napa’s most heralded sites. Wild blueberries, black raspberries, cassis, spiced plums, cocoa nibs, violets, currant, tobacco, and slate seamlessly transition into a mineral-rich palate of fresh blackberries, graphite, sandalwood, loam, pie crust, sage, and truffle. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the long, intense finish drips with a medley of cool minerals and energetic red fruits reinforcing the concentrated nature of the vintage only to be matched by the wine’s lush elegance and supreme sophistication.
2020 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Sourced from one of Napa Valley’s most legendary vineyards, the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane showcases a powerfully exquisite thread consistent with its siblings from previous vintages. A hedonistic nose of black currant, gravel, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, river stones, dried violets, and sandalwood meld effortlessly into a bountiful palate of blackberry pie, chocolate-covered berries, wet earth, cassis, crushed gravel, and spiced toffee. A deep and intoxicating texture is enhanced by the 22 months this wine spends in new French oak, and finishes with tremendous purity, incredible depth, and intoxicating length that can only come from the most pedigreed of sites.
2019 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This is a powerhouse. A total knockout and it knows it, showing off with one of the darkest fruit profiles that we have ever seen from Dr. Crane Vineyard. Intense blackberry, plum, and cassis take charge while more subtle additions of pomegranate and red cherry round out the linear focused fruit profile. Exotic spices tango with savory notes of French vanilla bean and cardamon. This wine shows massive substance and weight. It definitely needs time, but it is a thing of beauty!
2018 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This wine is absolute perfection. A strikingly classic Cabernet with cassis, mint leaf, iron minerality, saddle leather, clove and nutmeg aromas that translate seamlessly onto the palate. The midpalate structure is somehow both poignant and approachable. This is so beautiful now in its youth, but it has so much potential. We cannot wait to revisit in a few years.
2017 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Silky and ethereal to the core. Rounded, soft and supple, the red fruit character of this wine is amplified by significant, sinewy tannins that frame a beautifully elegant and very long finish.
2016 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Black fruit aromas are heightened with a complex bouquet of iron and wet stone minerality, sake yeast and leather. The intensely powerful structure provides a framework for an amazing array of savory and fruit characters to weave their way together into a seamless wine. While this is a truly beautiful Cabernet now, it will benefit greatly from a few more years of age.
2015 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A full bouquet of fruit and floral aromas leads into bright, chocolate dusted red cherries. Basically, liquid decadence in the form of a dry red wine. A haunting, overwhelmingly long finish ensures this is a wine you won’t soon forget after it’s gone.
2014 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A beautiful, red fruited wine with a savory iron minerality that threads its way through the palate, where the primary notes are accented with truffle, caramel, Tahitian vanilla bean and candied fruit. There is significant gravity and power to this wine which is absolutely luscious in texture and is ready to drink now or within ten years.
Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard
2021 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Sourced from a 150-year-old vineyard whose name translates to “little pebbles,” the terroir-driven nature of this offering is immediately evident the moment it hits the glass. Provocative aromas of Morello cherries, cassis, cinnamon, crushed stones, baker’s chocolate, violets, raspberry compote, and savory herbs lead into a garnet-soaked palate chocked full of energetic berries, red currant, clove, dried flowers, and savory minerals. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the gravel-riddled backbone of this wine buttresses the bright layers of fruit, all backed by a keen line of acidity that frames the entire experience, perfectly capturing the essence of this western Napa Valley site.
2019 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
An abundance of power bursts from the glass with briary fruit, autumnal spices and exquisitely elegant tannins. A youthful wine that’s already expressive and rewarding to enjoy in the near term, it will reward those with enough patience to resist. This one is built for long-term aging.
2018 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Sourced from two separate plots situated on opposite ends of this esteemed site, the unbridled energy and pedigree of this wine erupts from the glass within moments of opening the bottle. Provocative aromas of ripe black cherries, fertile loam, crushed gravel, graphite, wild blueberries and hints of truffle lead into an expressively vibrant core of fresh black raspberries, black currants, clove, purple flowers, pipe tobacco and baker’s chocolate that captivate the senses with ease. Wrapped in an elegant cloak of mineral-laced tannins, the wine possesses supreme lift, depth and tension, all framed by a lingering finish of electric acidity and the occasional spark of red berries and spice. Aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months, the phenomenal 2018 growing season is on full display, highlighting the uniqueness of this infamous vineyard while spotlighting the finesse driven and seductive style that has become the hallmark of this offering. Built to last, this has serious cellar potential for years to come.
2017 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Dark fruit aromas are threaded with celebratory spices of cocoa, vanilla bean, cinnamon and caramel. Red and dark fruit on the palate display a perfect balance alongside the baking spice undertones, while a firm tannin structure persists through a lingering finish.
2016 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Bright aromas of rose water, red cherry and red currant are intoxicatingly perfumed on the nose. The palate shift on entry leads into a much darker expression of intense fruit with black cherry, boysenberry, and a soft, spice-driven finish of milk chocolate.
2015 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Floral aromas of violet and lavender comingle with briary fruit, boysenberry and wild plum through the palate. A secondary profile of hoisin, bergamot tea and spice elements of nutmeg and grains of paradise make this an exotic and intoxicating vintage of Las Piedras that will age a long time.
2014 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A complex, earthy Cabernet, with coffee and mushroom aromas that accentuate its brooding dark fruit profile. That full fruited character carries to the palate alongside intriguing notes of huitlacoche, bell pepper, and organic, savory flavors that carry through the finish.
2012 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A wine of incredible intensity. Pure cassis and black cherry fruit are amplified by Valrhona cocoa wrapped around an astonishingly complex mineral frame. Opulent, powerful and mind-blowingly silky on the midpalate, the finish goes on forever. One of the best Memento Mori wines ever made.
Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard
2021 Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Our Vine Hill Ranch perfectly expresses this spectacular site situated on the western bench of Oakville. A dense and powerful core of crème de cassis, wild sage, blackberry cobbler, crushed gravel, licorice, and spiced cedar meld effortlessly into a muscular palate of dark red berries, toffee, espresso, graphite, and iron ore. The structure of this wine is the defining feature, reinforcing its terroir-driven persona adding textural depth and mineral-laced nuance. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, crunchy crimson tannins envelop the wine’s deep core of spiced fruit and cool earth leading to a hedonistic finish showcasing this wine has serious staying power for years to come.
2020 Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A fresh and powerful liquid symphony from the western hills of Oakville, vibrant aromas of crème de cassis, Morello cherries, baker’s chocolate, Mirabelle plums, graphite, spiced cedar, and forest floor lead into a dense, rich, and full-bodied palate brimming with dark berries, currant, crushed rocks, sage, truffle, and hints of fresh leather. Iron-laced tannins frame a plush yet structured mid-palate that transitions seamlessly into an opulent finish. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, this offering showcases the unique characteristics of Oakville’s majestic terroir, only to be enhanced by both its accessibility in its youth and its potential for cellaring.
2019 Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Briary and brambly fruit persist from the first swirl through the memorable finish. Hard spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper emerge immediately alongside, and a gorgeous olive tapenade note add tremendous complexity to the midpalate. It is clear this powerful and nuanced Cabernet is built for aging, though patience becomes a serious problem when a wine is already this good.
2018 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Black cherry and cassis aromas dovetail onto the palate with blueberry, leather and toast. This is a Cabernet that perfectly embodies the best of both power and grace. A complete wine from start to finish.
2017 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Dense black fruit leads to secondary cedar and tobacco notes on the nose with aromas of cacao, cigar box, cinnamon and anise peppered in. A wildly complex wine showing a wide array of dark and red fruit on the finish, heightened by a thrilling tinge of iron minerality. Absolutely stunning.
Memento Mori Sauvignon Blanc
2022 Memento Mori Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Vibrant aromas of white peach, honeyed citrus, lemon oil, lime blossoms, wet stone, and almond skin front a tension-filled palate of spiced pear, river rock, marzipan, lemon custard, and a touch of vanilla cream. Subtle notes of salinity continue to evolve with time in the glass, while additional layers of stone fruit, minerals, and warm spices round out the lengthy finish.
Aged in 50% new French oak for 11 months, this wine highlights the true character of the varietal combining exquisite purity of fruit with energetic precision.
2020 Memento Mori Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Light straw in color, this vibrant elixir cascades out of the bottle and canvases the glass with a golden grace and elegance. Aromas of white peach, yellow grapefruit, Mandarin oil, crushed rock and lime blossoms weave together effortlessly, leading into a subtle yet sophisticated palate of stone fruit, wet stones and candied lemon zest. After some time in the glass, warmer layers of custard and honey evolve effortlessly, all wrapped in a thin veil of mineral-rich tension and energy. Aged in 50% new French oak for 11 months, the wine is framed by a luscious and expansive mid-palate that leads into a lingering finish full of nerve and silky nuance.