Taken Red Blend 2014
Visual: Dark garnet red with a purple hue. Nose: The nose of this classic Cabernet-based blend is incredibly flashy with aromas of fresh blueberries, blackberries, super ripe black cherries and underlying tones of earth, crushed graphite, toasted espresso beans and dark chocolate. The French oak is subtle yet present. Mouth: This powerful wine boasts copious amounts of ripe red fruit, blueberry and plum. Dark chocolate and tastefully integrated oak add complexity to the full-bodied mouthfeel, while the texture and flavors linger on the palate for a good 30 seconds after enjoying. Ready to drink now and should continue to evolve for 8 – 10 years.
THE PROJ ECT: 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.
Vintage: 2014 was quite possibly the best growing season we have seen to date since the first vintage of Taken (2007). We saw rainfall in the spring followed by ideal temperatures in the early summer. Very similar to 2013, the days were warm and the nights were cool. The fruit was picked at optimal ripeness early in October.
Varietal: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot