I made a bet once with a colleague and won a $20 bottle of wine. Three years later (seriously, three years), he brought me this deliciousness in a glass. Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon (I sense a theme here) is a blend that comes from two vineyards in California – Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and another in Paso Robles.
An affordable bottle, this cab is definitely easy-to-drink. My beer-loving brother-in-law even indulged in a glass (or two) and thought it was really good. The wine maker’s notes mention aromas of cherries, blackberries and even tobacco. The flavour is really rich, with hints of chocolate, black currant and espresso. Like a cake. Amazeballs.
What’s even more interesting than this bottle, is the premise behind Layer Cake brand. Owner/winemaker Jayson Woodbridge (from Ontario), a former investment banker, ‘retired’ from the industry at 36 and head out to Cali to start making wine. Not a bad gig.
His Layer Cake wines are a tribute to Woodbridge’s grandfather who made and enjoyed wine for 80 years and believed that wine, if properly made was like a delicious cake, layered with fruit, mocha, chocolate and hints of spice.
There are seven Layer Cake wines from five countries on four continents. In addition to the Cab-Sauv, there’s an Argentine Malbec from Mendoza, a Garnacha from Calatayud, Spain, Primivito from Italy, a Shiraz from Australia and more Californians – a Charodonnay and Pinot Noir.
Sadly only three varieties are available and the LCBO – the good news, they are each under $25 and can be found in the Vintages.