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LAYER CAKE 12 MALBEC
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Bottle Size: 750ML
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LAYER CAKE 2012 MALBEC

Proprietor and winemaker Jayson Woodbridge is best known for his cult Hundred Acre wines. The Layer Cake wines represent unique varietals from countries he and his team feel cannot be recreated or replicated. Every Layer Cake wine is a rich, lush expression that truly reflects the place, the land and their own style of winemaking.The fruit comes from a vineyard that is flanking the Mendoza River in Argentina; a rocky terrain, strikingly similar to that of Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhône Valley. The once 5 mile wide Mendoza River is now mostly vineyard, abundant with some of Argentina’s most pristine Malbec vines. A plethora of smooth cobble on the top bewilders the eye and imagination as to how the vines actually thrive in such a rugged terrain. Clay and gravel make up the subsoil under the larger cobble forcing each vine to compete for nutrition; the result is a wine profoundly concentrated and rich, “always rich”.The climate is quite similar to that of the Napa Valley. Warm days are followed by cool evenings as the maritime breezes make it through the Andes Mountain ranges down to Mendoza Valley floor. The grapes were harvested nearly a month to six weeks after all other neighboring vineyards; a crucial element to the wine’s quality. Each cluster was harvested, destemmed and sorted – all by hand. The wine was fermented in stainless steel (80%) and used Hundred Acre barrels (20%) exported to Argentina.

The wine has a dense, purple core with a brilliant red rim. Black fruit is abundant in the nose followed closely by anise, chocolate and very pleasant touches of spice. Pure, muscular, rich; a powerhouse of lush fruit, silky cocoa and cream. An intense mouthful of fruit-driven wine: layers of jam, cherries and espresso with a hint of tobacco. Layered and complex; a nose to linger over, a finish that never ends. A wine of substance worth the extra weight in a backpack en route to Patagonia; not for the faint of heart…
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