While dining at the lovely Brio Tuscan Grille in Boca Raton, Florida I saw a very interesting bottle of wine on the counter of the bar. It was a Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon with hand-drawn sketches of Mendocino County California on the labels. I later learned that these labels were sketched by artists Bill Shedds and Randy Grochoske and are meant to reflect the beautiful Mendocino countryside and the free-spirit of the winemakers.
Sketchbook Cabernet is a lush, full-bodied, velvety wine with complex aromas and appealing layers of sweet cherry, plum and black currant flavors accented with hints of mocha & toasty cedar. The wine has a wonderful balance with a long fruity finish enhanced by oak overtones. Truly a wine I enjoyed with my Italian pasta dinner and one I would purchase to enjoy at home.
Food pairing: Pair with red-sauced pastas, red meats, lamb, rich cheesy vegetable dishes, aged cheeses and, my favorite, dark chocolate.
Price Range: $17.99-$21.99
Rating: 4/5 corks