Layer Cake

707-939-6766 1050 Adams St., Suite C
St. Helena, CA 94574
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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 Read more »

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  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2013


    Ack, sharp, undrinkable Read More

    Wine review by melellsworth

  • If you're not a real wine snob, try the Layer Cake Shiraz...a real surprise! Read More

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  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of ... bit rustic. 85pts 2012 Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon California 13.5% $13Oak, vanilla and chocolate pudding great the nose, which shows a hint of dustiness and jammy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Leaner in the mouth than one might guess from the nose, tho... Read More

    From the article Drink Value Cabernet Before It's Too Late

  • Why did this thread get revived?Anyway, Marilyn Merlot is hardly the worst of ... The wines aren't like Layer Cake however. They're made largely from their own fruit or fruit sourced from nearby in Lodi. They are wines from a hot sunny warm place and the winemaking amps all of that up, throws in some additional coloring and there you are. The ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Marilyn Merlot

  • You'' never have a wine with a cute name? 7 deadly zins is really good. ... ... Maybe not as good as say Layer Cake or Sledge Hammer but its close to those. Mark David Winery makes some good wines. At the same time though not an expert taster.&nbs Read More

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  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2012


    My wife opened a bottle of this. She poured a glass took a sip and said "this is horrible". I said to let it rest and try it later on. When I got back home after running an errand the bottle was gone. "Oh so it was..." "I poured it down the sink."So no we will not be buying again. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Layer Cake Shiraz South Australia 2012


    Fruit forward without being jammy. Good balance with enough tannins to be interesting. I'm a happy guy drinking this wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • I hear Jay Miller really liked Bern's Steak House... OT, have you made ... ... vintages) to ridiculous Layer Cake. And William, would you please correct that Ridge Geyserville?  Geyserville is not in the Santa Cruz AVA.  Long way away.&nbs Read More

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  • I have been lurking for the past few months but have decided to be a contributor in 2015. My interest is in California Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles-Blends),  Washington Cab Sav & Merlot and some daily drinkers from Chile and Argentina. I have visited Napa, Sonoma and Paso a few times in the past 5 years but look forward to co... Read More

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