Wine Review: Turiya Wines Current Releases.

Pardon The Punctuation...Just had a tasting of the Turiya Wines current releases. Turiya is a boutique winery from the central coast of California. Wine maker Angela Soleno hand crafts each uber small production wine to ensure a top notch product. I had a tasting of the 2009 Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Hither blend. Here's the rub.

2009 Petit Verdot: (49 cases produced) Petit verdot is predominantly a grape used for blending. This is a 100% petit verdot wine so I was a little skeptical about what I was going to drink. What a pleasant surprise. Like a great cabernet it's tannic, full bodied, with hints of dark chocolate and blackberry. This wine is ready to drink now and should age well.

2009 Malbec: (36 cases produced) Through my experience most of the malbec wine I've had has not been to my taste. I goes to show that you never know you're going to like a wine until you taste it. This has a wonderful fruit filled palate with a smooth finish. My main resistance to enjoying malbec has always been the finish and this was my favorite one so far. If another one of these rare bottles fell in my lap it would go perfect with a rare lamb chop...yum. Hints of dark berries and cocoa.

2009 Hither: (98 cases produced) 65% petit verdot and 35% malbec. Wildly cloudy under the light. I've never seen a wine this color. That being said it's delicious. Elegant and dark chocolate goodness is the first thing on the nose. Hints of cola and leather with a balanced finish.

So this winery named after the highest stage of consciousness, surely will help you get there. Also if you ever get a chance to taste one of her syrahs you'll fall in love. Tasted the "Perpetual Bliss" blend last year and loved it. Sign up got their allocation list here if you want to give them a whirl.