2014 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend SKU #1315894


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K&L Notes

All who lament that a good Napa Valley Cabernet blend can't be found for under $30, take a look at this. Taken Wine Company was founded by Napa millennials Josh Phelps, whose father is a Napa Valley winemaker (but no relation to Joseph Phelps), and Carlo Trinchero (yes, relation to the St. Helena wine family). More than just a saucy name - other wines in the stable include "Complicated" and "Available" - the Taken Cabernet-Merlot blend is a solid wine and a great value.

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  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    When tasting almost a hundred wines a week, it’s pretty hard to be blown away, but the first time I tasted the Taken Cabernet Sauvignon, I was floored at the quality and balance of the wine, and then I was left speechless when they told me the price! Right out the gates you are met with aromatics of black cherry, red plum and dark chocolate. The palate is plush and full bodied, with a nice balance between ripe fruit, integrated tannins and balanced acidity. This wine isn’t for those faint of heart, though, because there is plenty of grip and structure that stands up to even the big boys in Napa Valley!
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Great nose of deep cassis; a bouquet blend of floral and fruit notes, mainly led by plum. On the palate, everything about this wine is so well integrated. The tannins are soft, but the liquid has a nice little grip to it. Flavors are just as beautiful as the nose. At this price, it's a no-brainer.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2014 Red Blend from Taken Wine Company is a bold, yet well balanced red with nice flavor profiles of dark stone fruit, and tobacco. The finish is smooth and velvety. A fantastic buy for the red blend lover.
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    Lots of wine for the money here- The Taken is a fairly sturdy, muscular wine that is almost reminiscent of a Bordeaux red from a riper vintage. Tannins are present but are ripe and integrated; hints of oak and lots of black cherry and mocha flavors round out this winner!
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Taken is a lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that's full bodied and would be delicious paired with easygoing dishes like barbecued ribs, pizza or burgers. Zinfandel like qualities are shown in this wine but with more grip and structure. Blackberries, plum, dark chocolate, oak spice are shown on the palate with a smooth and round finish. A great value for Napa Valley reds!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    It's the ever-present question at K&L: what's a $20-ish California Cabernet (or Cab blend) that our customers can drink right now? As in tonight for dinner! Those who like their red juicy, full-bodied, with light oak influence, and plenty of soft fruit will definitely be "taken" by this wine. It has a particular set of skills...to quote Liam Neeson. If you're looking for a dependable CA table red that's a step up from the $10-$15 crowd, the Taken is a crowd pleasing choice. Meant for modern drinking in the modern age!


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