Wednesday, July 02, 2008

LAYER CAKE "PRIMITIVO" ZINFANDEL - 2006

Made from 100% Primitivo with 13.5% alcohol. From Puglia, Italy.

TASTING NOTES:

Purple in color with black fruit, cherries and whipped cream on the nose. Extremely creamy and ripe fruit with spice and a bit of tartness on the finish. An excellent food wine.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

86 PTS
I think a lot of California Cabernet lovers who like lots of creamy oak will probably dig this wine. It is relatively straight-forward and pretty tasty but doesn't have a lot going on. It leans a bit toward the fake fruit but not a way that is off-putting. Retails for around $15 a bottle which probably makes it a pass.

13 Comments:

  • This purple colored wine does have the essence of ripe fruit, but to an extent that is off-putting, almost as if it were a cooking wine. There is a strong grape scent that does not come quite through in the taste, but gives the drinker a hint of stale freezer pop. If one is interested in trying this wine, I suggest trying your hand at shoplifting rather than spending $15.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, October 07, 2008 10:50:00 PM  

  • I agree with the previous comment. This wine would be better if it were made from fermented grape Kool-Aid, and is best served with processed cheese food. Definitely not worth any money.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, October 08, 2008 10:21:00 PM  

  • I disagree with the two previous comments respectively posted October 07 and 08. I tried three different versions of primitivo side by side. Layer Cake was decidedly better. It is a good Wednesday night value at the price I paid (before discount) $16.98.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, October 22, 2008 2:01:00 PM  

  • I agree with the previous statement. I find this primitivo to be highly accessible for individuals that are unfamiliar with Zinfandel. I think this wine is a soulful balance of acids and smooth mouthfeel with a passion fruit nose.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, November 08, 2008 9:33:00 PM  

  • This wine offers a balance of tannins and acidity. It's a bit juicy but has the qualities of a noble zin. It fills the mouth with ripe cherry, whipped cream and a little pepper.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:13:00 PM  

  • Processed cheese food? Not at all. This is a wine I can sell to people who say they only like whites, and the rest of their party will enjoy it as well

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, February 23, 2009 2:41:00 AM  

  • Wow! I'm almost embarrassed for the retards who took the time to leave such nescient comments- they must be frogs in search of another excuse to give up!
    This is a fantastic wine and given it's origin/history would be a steal at $50 a bottle! Whoever left those comments should come to Texas so I can shoot them for stepping on my lawn. Furthermore, that stupidity should stay in France! Please, come to Austin...douchebags!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, March 30, 2009 5:02:00 AM  

  • Wow Texas! No need to get so fired up!! I will support you in saying that I am a huge fan of this wine. I just returned from Napa and after tasting some great juice I really loved this wine. To me it is a mild version of "The Prisoner" and costs half the price.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:02:00 PM  

  • Just tried this wine last night and liked it enough to do a search for it since it was a gift. I don't know who wrote the original review but I'm not sure they know what they're talking about. First they give it 86pts which is a very respectable score for any $15 wine but then says "It leans a bit toward the fake fruit" What the hell is fake fruit? Yeah, so it's made forward. For those of us who actually drink wine that's great.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, April 23, 2009 2:40:00 PM  

  • I'll agree that this is an good wine for people who don't drink wine. It's decent for the price, but drinks more like a ten dollar bottle. The fruit is there in heaps but lacks any real complexity or structure. It seems to lay on the tongue and do nothing. The touch of spice is nice. But that's all.

    I have had several wines from layer Cake and believe this is the best the label has to offer. Which really isn't saying much. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is awful and overpriced.

    Oh and Texas, do us all a favor and get out of the gene pool. Schmuck.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, June 22, 2009 2:33:00 PM  

  • I continually buy this wine to drink and to give away as gifts. Everyone has loved it to the point of ordering it online if not available in their city. It has never disappointed me. This is a smooth, delicious and completely drinkable wine.

    By Blogger rockinmominar, at Friday, July 31, 2009 3:49:00 PM  

  • This is my favorite wine, and I live in the Paso Robles Wine region of California. We are wine drinkers! Everyone I have introduced to it loves it, and I also give it as gifts. Try it you'll like it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:56:00 PM  

  • We recently had the opportunity to taste this wine and enjoyed it very much. It is an easy drinking wine. Perhaps not complex, but pleasant in the mouth. We stayed in the Puglia region of Italy a few years ago and didn't taste a bad wine. Price is not always a good indicator.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, May 02, 2010 4:04:00 PM  

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