On August 13, Trinchero Family Estates announced that it has added the Taken Wine Company brands to its growing portfolio. The current releases include the halo brand 2010 Taken Red Wine, the 2011 Complicated Red Blend, and the 2012 Complicated Chardonnay.
Co-owners and winemakers, Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps, both grew up in the business. Carlo Trinchero is a third generation member of the Trinchero Family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948 who changed the way Americans drink wine when they created Sutter Home White Zinfandel in the early 1970s. Josh Phelps also has roots in the business, the son of well-regarded wine maker Chris Phelps, who spent his career in the wine industry creating award-winning wines in Napa and Bordeaux.
Childhood comrades, Trinchero and Phelps created Taken Wine Company with the philosophy “to craft great wines to share with our friends.” The name was originally chosen when they were having difficulty finding a moniker for their wines that wasn’t already “taken.” They released their first wine under the Taken label in 2010, and the brand has continued to evolve. The idea for the Complicated and Available brands spun from the popularity of social media-created relationship status updates. Telling their story digitally, Taken Wine Company’s interactive, social media driven website taps into ways millennials consume and share information.
The 2010 Taken Red Blend is a Napa-appellated blend of Cabernet (60%) and Merlot (40%), and retails for $30. The 2011 Complicated Red Blend from California’s Central Coast is comprised of 50% Syrah, 43% Grenache, 7% Carignane, and retails for $20. The 2012 Complicated Chardonnay is 100% Sonoma Valley Chardonnay and sells for $18. The Available won’t be “available” until spring.
Velvety-smooth upon entry, the 2010 Taken reveals both elegance and power. Layers of ripe black fruit, graphite and licorice flavors lead into soft tannins. This is a classic 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet blend that is approachable upon release and should continue to age nicely for 5-10 years.
Look: Dark garnet red with purple hue.
Nose: Opulent, yet refined aromas of mocha, blackberry and black cherry with hints of spice and caramelized oak.
Varietal: 60% Cabernet, 40% Merlot
Appellation: Napa Valley, CA
Aged in French Oak Barrels
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 mouthfeel. Ripe, rich black cherry and well-integrated French oak yield to a seductively long finish.
Look: Color is medium-dark burgundy.
Nose: Aromas of black fruits, smoky game, dusty cocoa powder and espresso are interwoven into layers of aromatics.
Varietal: 50% Syrah, 43% Grenache, 7% Carignane
Appellation: Central Coast, CA
Aged in French Oak Barrels
Taste: Bright stone fruit flavors showcase a classic Sonoma chardonnay. Fresh, yet balanced acidity supports the luscious mouth feel. Lingering lemon-lime zest, guava and peach notes continue throughout the long finish.
Look: Straw colored with a rich golden hue.
Nose: Aromas of Meyer lemon peel and quince with subtle hints of oak and spice.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Sonoma County, CA
Enhanced with French Oak
Company: Taken Wine Company
Brand: Taken Wine Company
Variants: 2010 Taken Red, 2011 Taken Complicated, 2012 Taken Chardonnay
Price: 2010 Take – $30, 2011 Complicated- $20, 2012 Chardonnay – $18
Where to Buy: Buy Online