Sketchbook Mendocino Collection is an expression of the real people, places, and tastes of Mendocino County, Northern California—a region celebrated for its wild natural beauty, free-spirited culture, and generations of independent grape growers. Each Sketchbook Wine is a master class in the art of observation, humbly beginning—as great artworks do—with honest, specific attention to the unique characteristics of each vineyard, vine, and vintage.
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VINTAGE: The 2017 vintage was one for the record books. Drought-quenching winter rain led to vigorous vine growth, very stable conditions through bud break, and critical diurnal temperature variation were key factors in the vintage’s high quality. Sustained warmth promoted development of sugar and flavors, while nighttime cooling preserved ideal acidity.
TASTING NOTES: Nestled between rugged coastal mountains and ancient redwood forest, Mendocino’s benchland vineyards produce Chardonnay grapes full of rich varietal character—ripe and round with flavors of creamy pear and bright apple.
WINEMAKING: At the headwaters of the Russian River, Mendocino County is considered one of California’s pristine and less traveled wine regions. An area known for its simple way of life and breathtaking natural beauty, the grapes grown here express the care that results from generations of family farmers.
The combination of stainless steel with new and seasoned American and French oak barrels provides subtle texture and depth.
Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE: A long growing season of moderate temperatures led to an early harvest and uniformly excellent fruit quality. Late March and April storms
brought relief to regional drought conditions. Smaller in yield, the small berry clusters presented intense extraction and concentrated flavors.
TASTING NOTES: Mendocino County’s rocky hillsides grow Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of remarkable character and complexity. Dark berry and chocolate
flavors are enriched by toasty oak tones and a hint of cedar forest.
WINEMAKING: This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Redwood Valley and Ukiah Valley, two unique Mendocino County microclimates. Redwood Valley’s cooler temperatures contribute acid structure and balance, whereas the warmer temperatures of Ukiah Valley lead to a richer, fatter Cab profile. A French Bordeaux yeast strain was selected to support a pleasing midpalate structure and fresh, fruit-forward finish.
Sketchbook Pinot Noir
VINTAGE: A mild winter encouraged an early bud break, and the cool spring that followed produced smaller cluster sizes characterized by concentrated flavors and color due to optimal skin-to-juice ratios. An early harvest produced fruit of exceptional quality.
TASTING NOTES: At the cool northern extreme of California’s coastal wine region, Mendocino County is known for its elegantly balanced Pinot Noir grapes. Full-flavored yet delicate tastes of cherry and baking spice.
WINEMAKING: To preserve the delicate characteristics of true Pinot Noir, the grapes were cold-soaked for 36 hours before being cold-soaked for 36 hours before being fermentation rate: enhancing aromatic and structural complexity. The combination of stainless steel with new American oak and
neutral barrel aging provides subtle texture and depth.
Sketchbook Artist’s Red
VINTAGE: A mild winter encouraged an early bud break, and the cool spring that followed produced smaller cluster sizes characterized by concentrated flavors
and color due to optimal skin-to-juice ratios. An early harvest produced fruit of exceptional quality.
TASTING NOTES: Like the Mendocino County countryside, SketchBook Artist’s Red is a richly textured wine of singular character. Crafted with a blend of the region’s finest bold varietals, red berry and spicy cola flavors are supported by a upple tannic frame. Red berry and spicy cola flavors are supported by a supple tannic frame.
WINEMAKING: A red blend drawn from seven varietals grown on twelve unique vineyard sites, the artistry of this Mendocino heritage red starts with separate fermentations of each lot of wine. The distinct nuances from each varietal create a composition that is both comprehensive and unique at the same time. Truly
a wine maker’s muse!