2010 Layer Cake California Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1107072 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep layers of spice-infused dark fruit emerge from the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. A beautifully resonant, expressive wine the 2010 caresses the palate from start to finish. This is yet another hugely delicious and appealing wine from Jayson Woodbridge’s Layer Cake label. The fruit is sourced from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. Jayson Woodbridge’s Layer Cake range of entry and mid-priced wines is chock full of great values.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

These wines come from Jayson Woodbridge, best known to collectors of high-end California cult wines for his Hundred Acre Cabernets. Woodbridge created the Layer Cake project as tribute to his grandfather, who, he said would never have bought one of his $300 Napa cabernets. Initially he began by tasting through a large lineup of $10 to $30 California wines, an exercise that left him shocked at the lack of quality in the market. From there he set out to "blow people away with a $15 wine that tastes like a $50 wine." The first vintage for Layer Cake was 2005, and from then through today the fruit comes from from grape-growers he knows personally (he does not purchase any bulk wine). He selects the harvest dates and uses facilities that allow him total control over the making and the aging of the wines. Highly recommended.

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2013 | Send Email
I'm very impressed by the 2010 vintage of the Layer Cake Cab. Its not as overly ripe and gooey like a spoonful of smuckers jam in your mouth as the previous vintages have been. Don't worry my fruit lovers its still got it! But in a much more balanced sense, along with the juicy red and purple fruit is actually some acid that keeps everything in-sync. Great Value

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2013 | Send Email
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The one question that we all dread in the wine business is what do you have in a California Cabernet Sauvignon for under $20 that you would recommend. It has become progressively harder each year to find an answer to that question that you can feel good about. That is why the moment I tasted the 2010 Layer Cake “100%” Cabernet Sauvignon a smile appeared on my face. This wine has it all mocha notes, pain grille and crème de cassis all framed harmoniously against nice acidity and tannins with a relatively meek alcohol level by California standards of 13.5%. This is a very tasty wine that is so approachable and easy to enjoy while still retaining an elegant and complex feel. So now my answer to the question we all dread is 2010 Layer Cake 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for $12.99!
Drink from 2013 to 2015

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2013 | Send Email
For those who like fruit without the jam, the 2010 Layer Cake is your ideal wine. Cooler temperatures in 2010 allowed for grapes to achieve full ripeness without sacrificing acidity which allows the dark, purple fruit in the Layer Cake cab to show through without overpowering the palate.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1