Available Red Blend 2013
The 2013 harvest in Puglia, Italy experienced unusual weather conditions – both high and low temperature extremes. It was a late and long harvest season. Meticulous farming combined with a longer growing season resulted in a complex wine. The long maturation period led to high quality and more aromatics. Puglia, in general, produces richer Sangiovese. This wine is no exception - it is layered with aromas and flavors and is overall a very intriguing wine. Look: Ruby red with purple hue. Nose: Intense aromas of ripe red cherries and strawberries, licorice, and clove. Blueberry and other subtle black fruit aromas emerge as one swirls the wine. Mouth: This medium-bodied blend starts with ripe red fruits, huckleberry, and light toasted oak. The wine has ripe tannins and great texture. The finish is clean with bright acid and a hint of cherry cola.
Although Josh and Carlo grew up in Napa Valley, they enjoy wines from around the world and wanted some of their other favorite wine regions to be Available to their friends. Since they both have Italian roots, Italy was an obvious choice for the first layover on their quest for fantastic grapes from around the world. After visiting sub-regions in Italy, they ultimately selected Puglia as it was the ideal spot to craft Italian wines that are approachable and fruit-driven – perfect for the American palate. Today Italy is Available, but the journey doesn’t stop there. Stay tuned for the next location - be among the first to know by following on Instagram @takenwine.
Taken Wine Company was founded in 2009 when next generation winemakers, Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps realized their mutual dream to start their own wine label. Josh and Carlo grew up together in the winegrowing town of St. Helena, in the Napa Valley—wine is in their DNA. The wines are crafted to appeal to the millennial generation in terms of both what’s inside and outside the bottle. The names (Taken, Complicated, and Available) all tie into social media and are relevant to their generation.