2013 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
A big and juicy style of Napa red for those who love the 1990s genre. Yet there's a form and tension to the wine with chewy tannins that make it very drinkable and intriguing. Drink or hold.
A rich, full-throttle wine, the 2013 Red Blend Taken, a Merlot/Cabernet blend is one of the more flamboyant wines readers will come across in this vintage. Unctuous on the palate, the 2013 is loaded with tons of super-ripe fruit and French oak, with all of its elements nicely put together. (AG)
This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with 40% Merlot is youthfully exuberant and full of life. Plum aromas lead into pencil and clove, the fruit at first subdued in order to make way for the complexity of savory seasonings. Ready to enjoy, it packs a refined punch of leather on the finish.
Strikes a balance between dark fruit, licorice, dark plum and enticing mocha-laced oak flavors. Clean and pure throughout, ending with tannins that provide good grip. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2024. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Taken is a nice, chunky 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot blend that is deep ruby/purple, shows good fruit, ripeness and a heady finish. Not terribly complex, but satisfying in a low-key way... (RP)
Taken Wine Company was founded in 2009 when second-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—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.