Layer Cake

We Make Wine Where We Like to Go...

It all started in South Australia, when we met a few growers in a pub. We swapped stories over a few pints, then went to walk around some vineyards. We knew we could make great wine from these vineyards, and with diligence, sell the wines at a price that would over-deliver compared to the offerings on the retail shelves, so we were off to the races.

During a visit to Puglia to investigate the flavors behind Carole Meredith's recent studies showing that Primitivo is indeed identical to Zinfandel, we discovered the largest cache of old-vine Zinfandel grapes in the world. We knew Layer Cake Primitivo was meant to be.

Argentina is now known as the best place on the planet to grow Malbec, hands down. We met some fantastic family growers to work with, the Layer Cake Malbec was born, and we just can't make enough to satisfy the ravenous appetite you all have for it.

We came back to our homeland, Napa, next and decided it was time to seek out some special vineyards here as well. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were naturals to make here, as we have many friends with excellent vineyards to nurture and turn into Layer Cake Wines.

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The bottom line is, we look not only at places where you could make wine, but places where we want to make wine: steeped in history, diverse foods, sweeping landscapes and interesting people. We seek out the best varieties a region has and then find a way to make a great wine for you at a price that makes you able to buy more.

Cheers!

At Layer Cake, we work directly with the farmers to grow the fruit we work with. Our grapes are grown to exacting standards in some of the most diversely-layered vineyards around the world. They are handpicked, separated and fermented with care, then aged in French Oak. The character of each Layer Cake wine is influenced by the vineyard soil, which is layered like a cake...every layer tells a story.

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Layer Cake 'Sea of Stones' Red Blend 2015
“The Layer Cake Sea of Stones red blend is extremely dense and concentrated. Opaque purple, almost black in color, the aroma is full of ripe black fruit, grilled bread, pencil lead, wet stones, lavender, blueberry pie, and black cherry. On the palate there is layer upon layer of savory fruit, spice
Item Number: 30877
Bottle:$11.95
Case: $143.40
BTL

Layer Cake 'a.k.a Zinfandel' Primitivo 2015
The Layer Cake Primitivo comes right at you with huge inky black fruit, spice and white pepper; layered and rich in the mouth with jammy black cherries, truffles, espresso and dense, creamy texture. Always in the background are hints of the old sea beds that are the Puglia terroir. This is by far
Item Number: 30522
Bottle:$11.95
Case: $143.40
BTL

Layer Cake Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
“This Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon both truly expresses the depth and complexity of the grape as well as the additional vanilla, toasty oak influence of the bourbon and charred barrel that result from 3 months aging in these barrels. The result is a wine that is dense, rich, and jammed with
Item Number: 30429
Bottle:$13.95
Case: $167.40
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Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"This Cabernet Sauvignon truly expresses the depth and complexity of the grape. Perfumed with violets and wild berries, it shows strong varietal characters and rich, ripe plum fruit. Seamless and elegant, this wine shows big black fruit on the palate, fine grain soft tannins and a long coffee
Item Number: 29787
Bottle:$11.95
Case: $143.40
BTL

Layer Cake Malbec 2016
“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 elegant in the mouth with fresh-picked blackberries, simmering
Item Number: 28484
Bottle:$11.95
Case: $143.40
BTL

Layer Cake Chardonnay 2016
"The nose is reminiscent of Meyer lemons, preserved then diced up later in the year, wet stones and lime blossoms waft in and out as well. The wine builds in body and texture as it sits in your mouth. Layers of Kaffir lime, guava, and pineapple pour in at first, and then the light creamy texture of
Item Number: 27934
Bottle:$10.95
Case: $131.40
BTL

Layer Cake Shiraz 2015
"The aromas of cocoa, warm spice and dark fruit are very powerful from the first whiff. In the mouth, the wine is layered with rich blackberry, dark cherries and hints of dark, creamy chocolate ganache. The finish lingers on, hanging on your palette while the fruit and spice flavors slowly change
Item Number: 25966
Bottle:$11.95
Case: $143.40
BTL

Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 Editor's Choice  "The Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with aromas of ripe Bing cherries and blackberries plus cedar and dark, rich layers of Maduro tobacco. Deep flavors of spice-infused plums, toasty oak, and espresso. ln the mouth, with a rich, creamy

Layer Cake 'a.k.a Zinfandel' Primitivo 2014
(2)
"Big, inky-black fruit, spice and white pepper; layered and rich in the mouth with jammy black cherries, truffles, espresso and a dense, creamy texture. Always in the background are hints of the old sea beds that are the Puglia terroir. By far the most versatile wine in the Layer Cake lineup; the

Layer Cake Malbec 2015
(1)
"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 elegant in the mouth with fresh-picked blackberries, simmering

Layer Cake 'a.k.a Zinfandel' Primitivo 2013
"Big, inky-black fruit, spice and white pepper; layered and rich in the mouth with jammy black cherries, truffles, espresso and a dense, creamy texture. Always in the background are hints of the old sea beds that are the Puglia terroir. By far the most versatile wine in the Layer Cake lineup; the

Layer Cake The Beast Cabernet Sauvignon
(1)
"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

Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
(2)
"The Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with aromas of ripe Bing cherries and blackberries plus cedar and dark, rich layers of Maduro tobacco. Deep flavors of spice-infused plums, toasty oak, and espresso. ln the mouth, with a rich, creamy layered texture, and powerful structure.

Layer Cake Chardonnay 2015
"The nose is reminiscent of Meyer lemons, preserved then diced up later in the year, wet stones and lime blossoms waft in and out as well. The wine builds in body and texture as it sits in your mouth. Layers of Kaffir lime, guava, and pineapple pour in at first, and then the light creamy texture of

Layer Cake Chardonnay 2014
(1)
"The nose is reminiscent of Meyer lemons, preserved then diced up later in the year for seasoning in a meal, wet stones and Kaffir lime blossoms waft in and out as well. The wine builds in body and texture as it sits in your mouth. Layers of Kaffir lime, guava, and pineapple pour in at first, and

Layer Cake Shiraz 2014
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "Dense and expressive, with blueberry, spice and tea leaf flavors riding on velvety tannins, persisting into the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2018."~HS  "Spicy black and blue fruit aromas show good power and just a hint of black pepper. Supple and seamless in texture,

Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
" 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

Layer Cake 'a.k.a Zinfandel' Primitivo 2012
"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

Layer Cake Malbec 2013
(1)
"Layer Cake Malbec is extremely dense and concentrated. Opaque purple, almost black in color, the aroma is full of grilled bread, Asian spices, pencil lead, minerals, lavender, blueberry pie, and black cherry. On the palate there is layer upon layer of savory fruit, spice notes, espresso, and dark

Layer Cake Sauvignon Blanc 2014
" Beautiful aromas of Oro Blanco grapefruit, orange blossom, and Kaffir Lime rise from the glass, then follow on the palette where layers of ripe mango, gooseberry and white peaches join in. The beautifully balanced fruit and acidity leave the finish clean and crisp with citrus and floral notes

Layer Cake 'Sea of Stones' Red Blend 2012
88  Anthony Dias Blue 
Anthony Dias Blue 88 "Smooth and fresh with blackberry and spice; mocha, earth and dense style; long and balanced. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot."~AB   "Sea of Stones is our home property in Mendoza; the winery is on the estate and all of the Layer Cake Malbec is made on the

Layer Cake Garnacha 2010
" Our new Layer Cake from Calatayud, Spain is a rich and powerful Garnacha, very layered aromatically with fresh red stone fruit, spice and a hint of leather and tobacco. On the palate, the wine shows intense dark fruit with a background of chocolate and coffee with a long creamy finish. This wine

Layer Cake Malbec 2012
" A powerhouse of lush black fruit, silky cocoa, black spice and cream, wrapped around blackberry, cherry and ripe plum in the nose. Sweet anise, hints of tobacco, black chocolate, more cherries and exotic spices, layers of jam follow on the palate. Pure, rich and very elegant, this wine will stand

Layer Cake 'a.k.a Zinfandel' Primitivo 2011
(1)
" 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

Layer Cake Pinot Noir 2011
88  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 88 "The 2011 Pinot Noir emerges from the glass with plums, black cherries, menthol, cloves and dried herbs. The 2010 impresses for its textured, layered personality. There is plenty of depth, resonance and sheer character in the glass. This racy, super-ripe Pinot is best suited for