Two Zins in a row. . .who would have thought. I tend to always lean towards Cabernets, as you can probably tell. Matt & Lacee discovered and introduced me to the Layer Cake Primitivo.
Primitivo is the Italian name for Zinfandel. Supposedly the Primitivo grapes are a product of reverse migration from California to Italy. Zinfandel grapes are one of the most largely planted grapes in the US, but that is because of the popularity of White Zinfandel. This surprises me as I don’t know anyone who likes White Zen and because I associate it with being a “newbie” wine drinker. At least it’s what I drank when I was a “newbie.”
The name Layer Cake comes from the bottler’s grandfather, I believe. He described the soil in which wine grapes grow a layer cake. He went on to say, according to the back of the label, that if wine is properly made, it is like a great layer cake, fruit, mocha and chocolate, hints of spice and rich, always rich.
I found this wine to be very smooth, despite being a “Zinfandel;” it reminds me quite a bit of a Cab. The one big drawback for me is that this is a screw cap bottle. If you know me, you know I am a big collector of corks. But I still want to give the other Layer Cake wines: Malbec, Syrah and Cotes du Rhone.
My friend Kandice did a wine o. wednesday post today as well and came up with a good idea, a wine club. The idea is that I will tell you what I am drinking so that you can drink it along with me and leave your comments about the wine. Sound like fun? If so, next week’s wine is going to be the Fat Bastard Merlot. I almost won this at a Christmas Party and have wanted to try it ever since. So go out and get yourself a bottle and let’s chat next week. (P.S. If you live in the Dallas area I know World Market carries it for right around $10.)