California-based Winery to Age Wine in the Ocean

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California-based Winery to Age Wine in the Ocean

A California-based winery has placed 48 bottles of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Why? Winemakers from Mira Winery had tasted wine recovered from sunken ships before and wanted to recreate the distinct flavor. And so down the bottles went.

The bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon will be submerged in the ocean to sit on the sea floor and age for at least three months. Mira Winery’s red wine was lowered into South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor on Wednesday.

After three months, the wine will be analyzed and compared by local wine experts to an identical batch that was more traditionally aged.

The wine bottles will be stored in steel cases that will both let divers access the bottles to remove them and allow ocean water to flow in so that the bottles can be completely covered by the water, reports ABC News.

The expected starting retail price of Mira Winery’s ocean-aged 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is $130 per bottle.