Tarrica Wine Cellars is a small, family owned winery started in 2000 in the Paso Robles Wine Country. Tarrica Monterey Pinot Noir was sur lees aged in a combination of new and seasoned American and French oak barrels for 9-12 months. On average the barrels used were 3 years old. The Pinot Noir grapes are farmed in Monterey where the long cool summer allows the grapes to achieve full maturity while retaining natural acidity. Tarrica’s Pinot Noir program focuses to consistently produce an easy drinking 100% varietal wine that is well balanced and fruit forward. The name ‘Tarrica’ is a derivative of owners Sam and Valerie Balakian’s daughters’ first names: Taryn and Erica. 2017 vintage – Garnet in color with aromas of cherry, dried cranberry, cinnamon and vanilla. The fruit flavors blossom on the palate with medium tannins lively acidity.