Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- screw cap wine
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.
Layer Cake Winery
Layer Cake is a wine that was inspired by my Grandfather and Grandmother. Every Sunday, my Grandmother would bake a huge layer cake for dessert. My Grandfather would pour me a little glass of wine and place it at the table for me. He explained wine in terms of that cake. 'The vines,' he would
say, 'live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma’s cake; each layer bringing a different flavor.'
My grandfather taught me that everything in life is about layers and complexity. I loved those words
and when I was a cake-focused boy, it made perfect sense… in fact, it still does.
Since those early days I have been all over the wine world time and again. I have tasted thousands of
different wines and there are only a few places that haunt me, always come back to mind, occupy my
dreams and have drawn me back again to taste some more.
I started Layer Cake because I wanted
to make a wine at a price that could be
enjoyed everyday with abandon, yet
made by hand (not in a giant factory)
and made in some special places in the
world that I have always loved. The
mission was simply to shock people
about how good wine could be at a
very affordable price.
While the Layer Cake wines were not intended to be compared with Hundred Acre, they are rich and
taste like they should simply cost a lot more. This is due to our rigorous fruit selection and small
winemaking style. The same team of winemakers that work with me at Hundred Acre, work with me all
over the world to craft a rich Shiraz in South Australia, fabulous Malbec in Argentina, spicy old vine
Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, in Puglia, Italy, sleek Syrah in the Cote du Rhone, France and of course, some
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each is very special in its own way and a phenomenal value.
With the making of each Layer Cake wine my Grandfather’s words and my Grandmother’s cakes come
back to me. Layer Cake is a simple black and white label with, of course, my Grandmother’s giant layer
cake on the front and my Grandfather’s words on the back…ENJOY!!
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.