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Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

Member Review by jamessulis:

I love the Layer Cake Malbec, it's absolutely divine. When I saw the Cabernet Sauvignon, I thought I was on to something big. Well, not so, although it's all they say it is as far as tasting notes it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to depth. It's not bad say with a salami sandwich but I prefer a more robust cab with some structure. Disappointed to say the least.

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Layer Cake:
  Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult California label Hundred Acre. The idea for the wine stemmed from nostalgic memories of Woodbridge’s childhood eating his grandmother’s cake. The story goes that his grandfather would pour a small glass of wine and explain, “The vines live in layers of soil just like the layers in Gran... Read more
  Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult California label Hundred Acre. The idea for the wine stemmed from nostalgic memories of Woodbridge’s childhood eating his grandmother’s cake. The story goes that his grandfather would pour a small glass of wine and explain, “The vines live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma’s cake; each layer bringing a different flavor.” Woodbridge saw that metaphor extending to life in general, everything with layers and complexity. Since Hundered Acre costs upwards of $350 in high demand, he decided to create an affordable wine (that was more in keeping with his grandfather’s sensibilities), with these layered elements of flavor and texture. The idea was to make an everyday wine of quality and not mass production.   The wines are sourced from around the world: Shiraz from South Australia, Malbec from Argentina, Primitivo from Puglia in Italy, Syrah from the Cote du Rhone in France and Cabernet from Napa Valley in California. These wines have themselves earned a large following, though are easily accessible from many retailers.  Read less

Member Reviews for Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,721
2.00 5
Vintage: 2012 02/14/2016

I love the Layer Cake Malbec, it's absolutely divine. When I saw the Cabernet Sauvignon, I thought I was on to something big. Well, not so, although it's all they say it is as far as tasting notes it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to depth. It's not bad say with a salami sandwich but I prefer a more robust cab with some structure. Disappointed to say the least.


Snooth User: riddleric
149890333
2.00 5
Vintage: 2012 05/03/2014

Nothing special. Screw off top, will not buy again.


Snooth User: ggmad
117776536
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/13/2013

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/08/2011

Creamy and oaky. Warms my cockles. Decent QPR. Would be killer at $10.


Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,721
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/09/2012

Being a fan of Layer Cake Malbec and also hard to find, I decided to try their Cabernet. Was equally pleased with this wine. Deep color, very fruity, cedar, chocolate, tobacco with solid but smooth tannins. Long lasting finish. A definite winner and I will purchase it again.


Snooth User: Stallion
381013946
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/20/2012

Decent Cab for the price. Light bodied and easy to drink. Not too much structure but a decent Cabernet to enjoy with friends.


Snooth User: grbaKKy
601103139
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/23/2011

fruity nose... very bold.


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External Reviews for Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 10/11/2017

Winemaking Notes: When we set out to make Layer Cake Cabernet the goal was the same as the other Layer Cake red wines: find great vineyards that allow us to make a rich, delicious wine that tastes like $50, but costs less than $20. We tasted fruit from vineyards in the best regions of California, eventually settling on two main vineyards; one in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and one in sunny Paso Robles. The diversity of these two vineyards allows us to make a final blend that expresses the concentration, complexity and richness Layer Cake fans have come to expect. Vineyard Notes: Our vineyard in Alexander Valley is a classic example of the appellation; aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries are typical to the area. Our vineyard has a section that is part of an ancient volcanic eruption of Mt. St. Helena that laid down multiple layers of ash and rock, giving the wine beautiful mineral characteristics. The cool air that pours in from the Pacific each afternoon allows us to leave the fruit hanging late in the season while maintaining acidity that is bright and fresh. In Paso Robles, our vineyard is on deep, sandy loam soils sprawling over rolling hills. The deep roots combined with long, warm days give the wine rich, dense black fruit aromas and mouth-filling flavors. Tasting Notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon truly expresses the depth and complexity of the grape. Perfumed with violets and wild berries, it shows strong varietal characters and rich, ripe plum fruit. Seamless and elegant, this wine shows big black fruit on the palette, fine grain soft tannins and a long coffee chocolate finish.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 07/03/2016

Winemaking Notes: When we set out to make Layer Cake Cabernet the goal was the same as the other Layer Cake red wines: find great vineyards that allow us to make a rich, delicious wine that tastes like $50, but costs less than $20. We tasted fruit from vineyards in the best regions of California, eventually settling on two main vineyards; one in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and one in sunny Paso Robles. The diversity of these two vineyards allows us to make a final blend that expresses the concentration, complexity and richness Layer Cake fans have come to expect. Vineyard Notes: Our vineyard in Alexander Valley is a classic example of the appellation; aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries are typical to the area. Our vineyard has a section that is part of an ancient volcanic eruption of Mt. St. Helena that laid down multiple layers of ash and rock, giving the wine beautiful mineral characteristics. The cool air that pours in from the Pacific each afternoon allows us to leave the fruit hanging late in the season while maintaining acidity that is bright and fresh. In Paso Robles, our vineyard is on deep, sandy loam soils sprawling over rolling hills. The deep roots combined with long, warm days give the wine rich, dense black fruit aromas and mouth-filling flavors. Tasting Notes: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon truly expresses the depth and complexity of the grape. Perfumed with violets and wild berries, it shows strong varietal characters and rich, ripe plum fruit. Seamless and elegant, this wine shows big black fruit on the palette, fine grain soft tannins and a long coffee chocolate finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 07/16/2015

(100% Pure Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% California appellation (Paso Robles and Alexander Valley), 100% French oak that has been air dried for 36 months, 30% new) The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with aromas of ripe Bing cherries and blackberries plus cedar and dark, rich layers of maduro tobacco. Deep flavors of spice-infused plums, toasty oak, and espresso fill the mouth, with a rich, creamy layered texture, and powerful structure. Flavors of chocolate and black currant continue through the long, lingering finish.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 08/02/2014

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with aromas of ripe Bing cherries and blackberries plus cedar and dark, rich layers of maduro tobacco. Deep flavors of spice-infused plums, toasty oak, and espresso fill the mouth, with a rich, creamy layered texture, and powerful structure. Flavors of chocolate and black currant continue through the long, lingering finish. - WineryAlcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2012 07/16/2015

Showing an up-front, mocha-laced core of red and dark berry, this is a touch candied and easy to drink, though the tannins are gripping on the finish. Drink now. 27,500 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/06/2013

Savings by the Case! The name Layer Cake is a symbol of something handmade with care and was inspired by Jayson Woodbridge s grandparents. Jayson s quest is to craft wines that are stunningly good, yet very affordable; exquisite wines that can be enjoyed everyday.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 08/02/2014

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with aromas of ripe Bing cherries and black-berries plus cedar and maduro tobacco. Deep layers of spice-infused dark fruit fill the mouth, with a rich, creamy layered texture, and powerful structure. Flavors of chocolate and espresso continue through the long, lingering finish. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


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