The 2008 Layer Cake Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) is an affordable, flavorful wine to enjoy any night of the week. Available at Costco for as low as $12.39, I will definitely buy this wine again.
The alcohol content for California-produced Zins seems to get higher with every vintage. But thankfully, European winemakers still embrace the idea of lower alcohol percentages...
At approximately 13.5% alcohol by volume, the Layer Cake Primitivo is made from Italian grapes that have the same genetic makeup of California Zinfandel grapes.It is a great example of a wine that is lush without compromising complexity, and bold without being overbearing.
Upon my initial sip of this wine, I was surprised by bright aromas and very fruity flavors. Was that strawberry on the mid-palate and tangerine on the finish?
As I swirled my glass and allowed the wine to open, I noticed a distinct shift towards darker fruit notes.
Raisin became very pronounced on the nose as plum, black cherry, and cocoa developed on the palate. It was interesting to witness how quickly this wine evolved in the glass--in just a matter of minutes. Although I was delighted by the first taste, I enjoyed the wine more by the end of the glass. A second glass seemed necessary--to track any further development of the wine (of course).
It will become increasingly delicious with every sip...until it is all gone!
Click here to visit the Layer Cake website. Cheers!