We love writing about old friends we've known longer than we can remember like Sam Balakian. He started making wine in the 60s and became one of the founders of the Paso Robles wine area. He's trulyone of those "been there, done that" guys but you'd never know it by talking to him. You almost have to squeeze his accomplishmentsout of him.
But, when it comes to squeezing grapes, Sam sure knows what he's doing. After supplying many of the very first wineries in Paso Robles with their grapes, it was time to put his name on the bottle. Actually,he put his daughters' names on the bottle. Tarrica comes from Taryn and Erica.
Paso Robles has a reputation of making big, buxom wines due to its very warm climate. When grapes were first planted here, people didn't know what to do with the extraction and alcohol levels that came with the heat. Innovators like Sam realized that by training the vines furtheroff the ground, you soften the heat exposure that the soil gives the vine. Also, by directing the leaves to cover the grapes and filter the sun, you can minimize the heat exposure.
All this time and work pays off when you taste the wine. This is classic Cabernet Sauvignon - bold and assertive, but not overly extracted. The sweet berry and chocolate flavors abound here along witha long and glorious finish.