Layer Cake Malbec 2012
Malbec from Argentina, South America
- red wine
- Big & Bold
- 14.2% abv
The 2012 is a classic Malbec, but undoubtedly Layer Cake. Big, brooding, black fruit, then rich earth, truffles and dark cocoa are at the front. The Sea of Stones vineyard is at its core, always evident with the thread of minerality that the deep alluvial cobblestones lend. This wine is so elegant in the mouth with fresh-picked blackberries, simmering chocolate sauce on the stove, and somewhere someone's cooking bacon…so many layers, so little time. Drinking a bottle of this wine will certainly lead to, well, opening another. So get it fast and get a lot while you can. We can never make enough to satisfy everyone.
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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(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some winemakers decided it was time for Argentina to show their stuff. Better winemaking technology was brought in, new winemaking techniques were learned and good viticulture practices flourished. The result? World-class wines with unique style and variety.
Notable Facts Unlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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.
5 ratings, 2 with reviews
- Big & Bold
Perfect heavy Malbec not much fruit
- Smooth & Supple
- Smooth & Supple
Wow, I love this wine. Supper long finish!
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.