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Today I am reviewing a bottle of Arcadia A Series Blend from 2011 which is a full bodied, aromatic wine in a Bordeaux style made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the vineyards of Arcadia Wines and Vineyards in northwest Turkey.

The wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and it was a very good year for the Cabernet and Merlot grapes in Turkey. After opening, the cork is nice, smells of red currants…a good start!

I decided not to serve it in a carafe to start with, I wanted to see what it tastes like just after opening.

The colour is deep red, transparent and shining purples.

First nose, a smell of wood with dark fruity aromas coming behind. The bitterness, quite noticeable but acceptable, of both grapes is covering the fruit. There is a nice balance between alcohol acidity and Tanin, definitely it should be opened for 30-60 minutes, or decanted, before serving.

Blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.

After decanting and leaving to breath for 30 minutes it is clear this wine is better for it. Now the bitterness is still there but totally pleasant, the texture is smooth, alcohol is quite present but it is 13.5% after all.

I expect it will have a good potential for the next 3-5 years. It is a very nice wine which would compliment any grilled meat, stew or kebab perfectly.