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      Mira Winery to release a dozen bottles of ocean-aged wine

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      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.

      On May 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.

      After the retrieval, the Aquaoir wine was taste tested by Mira's Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez, as well as Advanced Sommelier Patrick Emerson, of Communion Wine Club.{}

      According to Emerson, "There's some magic that's happened on the Aquaoir ... The primary elements of the fruitsthe 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 wine."

      "I was 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.

      "What we 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 cellar."

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