This month’s wine was, in all honesty, a fast decision pick based on – well besides the fact that I was in a hurry – 1) I love Shiraz (and for those of you who are less familiar with wine – Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing – same grape), 2) it had a cool name, 3) I was shooting for a bottle around $20, and 4) I liked the label. That’s generally how I buy wine, actually, except I usually don’t spend $20 a bottle – trust me, I wish I could!
“My old grandfather told me the soils in which the vines lived were a layer cake. If properly made, the wine from these vines was like a delicious cake layered with fruit, mocha and chocolate, with hints of spice and rich, always rich. Never pass up a good Layer Cake.”
— A. Orlando Tribute,Jayson Woodbridge
Now that I’m writing about it, I’m wishing I’d done more research ahead of time – BEFORE we drank it. After reading Gil Lempert-Schwarz’s review of the wine, I’m wishing I’d let it aerate for at least an hour before we drank it. Mel, Claire and I poured the wine as soon as the cap could be unscrewed – yep, it’s a screw top. Awesomness. I will say that it was pretty friggin’ fantabulous right out of the bottle. I will be going to get another bottle this weekend to put the aeration to the test, though. I am quite a fan of the vino, but my reviewing capabilities are not nearly as descriptive as Lempert-Schwarz’s eloquent delivery, so I will defer to his account:
“It quickly envelops the taste buds with highly concentrated black fruit dominated by blackberries, black cherries, crushed black currants, huckleberries, intense dry extract and gobs of melted licorice. The midpalate reveals yet more spices with underlying aniseed, supple tannins and minerals going into a powerful and long finish that has tons of fruit- and vanilla-laced oak references to the end. It is a superbly concentrated winemaking effort.”
I will definitely be working on expanding my vocabulary of wine descriptors.
Accustomed to drinking cheaper wines with regularity, when we all took our first sips of the deliciousness that is Layer Cake Shiraz, there were three simultaneous exclamations “OH MY GOODNESS” “SUCH A DIFFERENCE” “THIS IS DELIGHTFUL”. It has rich yet subtle flavors and great legs. I can confidently say we enjoyed every last drop. Layer Cake Shiraz is definitely a “will buy again” wine, and I’m looking forward to trying others from master winemaker, Jayson Woodbridge.
Several reviews I read recommended pairing this wine with barbecue. Snooth.com recommends pairing with brown sugar squash pie, greek macaroni and cheese, or roasted teriyaki spare ribs…and bonus, they give you recipes! We enjoyed a variety of olives – kalamata, blue cheese stuffed green olives, good ol’ faithful black olives from a can – as our snack with the yummy Layer Cake
I hope everyone has had a safe and happy Halloween! Don’t eat too much candy! Happy almost Friday!
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Lauren is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!