Color is medium-dark burgundy. Aromas of black fruits, smoky game, dusty cocoa powder and espresso are interwoven in the layers of aromatics. Instantly appealing on the palate, the 2011 Complicated
offers surprising complexity. Finely grained tannins, and a mid-palate sweet spot, result in a very soft, velvety mouth feel. Ripe, rich black cherry and well-integrated French oak yield to a seductively long finish.
""Next Generation" winemakers Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps started their own wine label, Taken Wine Company, in 2009. Given the blend of 53% Grenache, 42% Syrah and 5% Carignane, the name "Complicated" is actually not difficult to figure out (like their other wine, "Taken" it also targets Millennials by referring to a social media relationship status). The components deliver layers of raspberry, cherry, licorice, spiced tea and dried purple fruit, while the subtlety of oak winds things up for a satisfying and clarifying finish."