2019 TAKEN Red Wine Napa Valley

TAKEN Red Wine Napa Valley

¥6,930 (incl. tax)

“Taken” red blend by new generation winemakers, Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero, offers a new take on Napa Valley wine. Most Napa Valley wineries make either 100% Cabernet Sauvignon or a blend of the traditional Bordeaux varieties. But Taken is a wilder expression of the Napa Valley, a blend you will never find in France: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Zinfandel, 17% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 7% Pinot Noir, and 3% other grapes. James Suckling gave the 2019 “Taken” 91 points saying, "This is a fruitier expression of Napa with red and black cherries, dried strawberries, currants, red peppers and olives. Some sweet spices, too. A juicy, medium-to-full-bodied palate, full of dusty cocoa powder and berry fruit. Drinkable now, but can hold for a few years, too."


Winery Description

For most of us, an enthusiasm for fine wine hits in our thirties, while the notion of starting a winery may signal the onset of a mid-life crisis. But for Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero, the entrepreneurs behind the Taken Wine Company, founding a Napa winery soon after graduating from college seemed like the right thing to do. They say wine is in their DNA after growing up in St. Helena in winemaking families. Indeed, where they stand out from the norm may be in their confidence at reaching fellow millennials, who appear to prefer pale ale over Sauvignon Blanc. Josh and Carlo released their first vintage of Taken Red Wine, a blend of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in 2010. But they have quickly grown from just 100 cases sold to friends to 12,000 in 2014 that are available in every US state - as well as here in Japan. While the Taken Red Wine Cabernet/Merlot continues to be their flagship product, they also produce “Complicated,” a Grenache/Syrah blend sourced from the Central Coast, as well as “Available,” a Sauvignon Blanc/Muscat designated as “California” but mainly from Mendocino County. The whimsical names derive partly from experience and partly from their goal to make wines that are fun and meant to be shared with friends. The story goes that while brainstorming for a name for the company, they found that all the good ones were “taken.” As for “Complicated” and “Available,” frequent users of social media (i.e. the younger, target demographic) should understand such “status updates.” Kidding aside, these wines are crafted for delicious drinking upon release. The affordable prices mean they are yours for the “taking!”

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Taken
Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) 43% Cabernet sauvignon, 24% Zinfandel, 17% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 7% Pinot Noir, 3% Other
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 31.0
Case Size 27.5 x 18.0 x 32.0
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code TK19NR
UPC 819498010084

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Tasting notes

91 points – James Suckling.

Alluring aromas of cassis, tobacco, and baking spices open up to a full-bodied palate of blackberry, dark cherry, ripe plum, and pomegranate. Excellent structure with plush tannins and a lengthy finish.



Aged 21 months in 33% new oak (88% French, 7% American, 5% Hungarian).

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