A California winery is experimenting with aging its wine in the ocean off the South Carolina coast. More >>
A California winery is experimenting with aging its wine in the ocean off the South Carolina coast.More >>
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A dozen of the 48 bottles that was aged in the Charleston harbor for three months are being released for sale.
Mira Winery says the bottles will only be available to wine club members and will come in a package set for $500.
The set will include a bottle of their Charleston Harbor "Aquaoir"
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottle of land-aged 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon so you can taste the difference.
21, Mira concluded Phase I of a three-month experiment in the Charleston Harbor when the they recovered four cases of
its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from 60 feet below in the Atlantic Ocean.
retrieval, the Aquaoir wine was taste tested by Mira's Winemaker Gustavo
Gonzalez, as well as Advanced Sommelier Patrick Emerson, of Communion Wine
According to Emerson, "There's some magic that's happened on the Aquaoir
... The primary elements of the fruits—the dark fruits, that sort of wonderful
blackberry and cassis flavors are intermingled and they are more integrated, the
tannins are smoother, and the tannins are sort of more relaxed into the
perplexed in thinking how can it be so different after three months, and it's
not a question of better or worse. There's just these incredible differences
between the two," said Gonzalez.
learn from aging in the water may have real implications for the decisions we
make about aging wine more broadly," said Jim "Bear" Dyke Jr, Mira President.
"You can perform your own taste test, or put a piece of history in your