Taken Wine Company Complicated Red Blend 2011
Other Red Wine from Napa Valley, California
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.
Tasting Panel - ""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."
Taken Wine Company Winery
Winemakers Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps were raised in the Napa Valley, wine is in their DNA. They have created Taken Wine Company with a simple philosophy: to craft great wines to share with their friends. View all Taken Wine Company Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 1 with review56/10/2015
Grenache-Syrah blend with a touch of Carignane, similar to Languedoc blends. Produced by Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero, both are sons of long-standing California wine families. The smooth grenache-syrah blend gets a bit of kick from the carignane. Not a wine for aging, very approachable now. This wine usually retails for about $20.jul&fab - East Petersburg, PA31/10/2015
- Smooth & Supple