Layer Cake Primitivo Jayson Woodbridge 2008

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'winemaker's notes: \nA balance of elegance and power

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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 Primitivo Jayson Woodbridge

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
12/06/2010

The best way to describe this is "grapey". It's juicy and sweet but not a fruit bomb. It needs at least a half hour after opening to air out and settle down. Great with ravioli and red sauce.


Snooth User: winehound69
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3.00 5
10/07/2011

Nicely balanced wine.


Snooth User: jbechert
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3.00 5
05/31/2011

Layer Cake Primitivo 2008 is an easy drinking table red that offers lush fruit and a smooth finish. Very nice for a screw cap wine. 88pts

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Snooth User: CJLew
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3.50 5
04/07/2012

I like it. It has a lot of that classic Zin smell and some of the flavor. Happily, it was not near the overly jammy side of the Zin scale. For me, the finish kept in the like a lot, but not love category, at this point in time, anyway. A good finish, especially with a zinfandel, is like a ski-jump. And the finish propels one down the slope and sends you off into the wild-blue yonder. But with this, the finish to me seemed a little stunted, and resolved into a slightly bitter mineral taste. This mineral taste was NOT of the sort that is bad in and of itself. It in fact it made it kind of interesting and gave the wine a certain crispness (in fact it could be part of the "terroir"). But for me the wine did not carry through that to the end, so I did not feel propelled, but was kind of left just sitting at the bottom of the ski jump. BUT, it's a variation on the theme, and it kinda makes the wine interesting, so I still think, overall, this Layer Cake Primitivo was pretty good.


Snooth User: soychicka
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3.50 5
12/18/2011

Not over-the-top amazing - tannins aren't quite as bold as I like when I sit down to enjoy a glass of wine, and the nose is quite a bit bolder than the flavour. But given the reasonable price point and ready availability, I have a feeling that this will become one of my go-to table wines in the future.


Snooth User: VinoTinto67
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3.50 5
10/03/2011

Mouth-filling, fairly complex, juicy, it's entertainment for your tongue, and SO good with food, I love this wine. I went out and bought a 2nd bottle. I'm thinking 3 glasses is too low, and am thinking more like 3.75-ish.


Snooth User: ffchick
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3.00 5
03/14/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Layer Cake Primitivo Jayson Woodbridge

External Review
10/24/2011

A balance of elegance and power; inky black fruit, spice and white pepper, jammy black cherries, plums, blackberry fruit, truffles, tar, and espresso. Warm and rich in the mouth with a creamy texture; the ripe fruit is well supported by the deep structure of the wine. Sit back and travel through time...Relax on a hot summer evening, the fountain in the background, church-bells in the distance. - Winery


External Review
11/27/2012

The most rustic of these three wines, with lots of pepper, roasted herbs, meat juices, charcoal, and scorched earth, this spicy wine has an inky ruby/purple color and lots of body.


External Review
05/18/2011

Skip dessert tonight and indulge in this sinfully decadent low-calorie alternative! Super bright on both the nose and palate, with juicy, chocolate-covered cherry flavors. Rich, with very smooth tannins; though fermented dry, the Layer Cake is loaded with so much fruit, it's almost difficult to believe that it is still so healthy for you.


External Review
01/03/2012

Skip dessert tonight and indulge in this sinfully decadent low-calorie alternative! Super bright on both the nose and palate, with juicy, chocolate-covered cherry flavors. Rich, with very smooth tannins; though fermented dry, the Layer Cake is loaded with so much fruit, itrsquo;s almost difficult to believe that it is still so healthy for you.


External Review
07/23/2011

A balance of elegance and power; inky black fruit, spice and white pepper, jammy black cherries, plums, blackberry fruit, truffles, tar, and espresso. Warm and rich in the mouth with a creamy texture; the ripe fruit is well supported by the deep structure of the wine.


External Review
09/27/2011

The most rustic of these three wines, with lots of pepper, roasted herbs, meat juices, charcoal, and scorched earth, this spicy wine has an inky ruby-purple color and lots of body. It comes across like a rustic Zinfandel, but with loads of character and personality, displaying an almost savage intensity to its flavors. This is a wild, adventuresome wine that should drink nicely for several years. Bring on the pizza! Keep in mind that what Jayson Woodbridge is doing is taking his winemaking team from Hundred Acre Vineyard, flying them around the world, and actually making this wine on site from top quality fruit.


External Review
05/18/2011

The most rustic of these three wines, with lots of pepper, roasted herbs, meat juices, charcoal, and scorched earth, this spicy wine has an inky ruby/purple color and lots of body. It comes across like a rustic Zinfandel, but with loads of character and personality, displaying an almost savage intensity to its flavors. This is a wild, adventuresome wine that should drink nicely for several years. Bring on the pizza!


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