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Feb 23, 2013 05:05 AM

Mira 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon -- true experiment, or publicity stunt?

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  1. My bulls@#t meter went off.

    "The quality of the wine found in these and many other 'discoveries' suggest the wine was actually enhanced by the underwater elements."

    I don't buy it. There's lots of organoleptic deterioration with even a small amount of movement. Loss of fruit, mainly.

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    1. Now, an ocean voyage in the heat, in the hold of a rocking boat DID seem to enhance Madeira heading to the New World in the 1970's, but this sounds like PR to me.


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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Bill? Was that the 1970s, or the 1790s??? ;^)

        1. re: zin1953

          Sorry. the 1790's. Maybe it was because I declared Wine-Thirty early, or perhaps my dyslexia acting up again. Good catch for my poor typing. Thank you for asking, and for the clarification. DUH!

          Thank you,


        2. re: Bill Hunt

          Bill: Madeira is a fortified wine. Not sure the unfortified variety benefits from the ships rocking, etc.

          1. re: ChefJune

            Oh I agree completely. Same for the "heat" of the voyage. Most Madeiras are stored in attics, before being disgorged.

            In some countries, in the 1790's (got it right for a change), there were cradles to "rock" Madeira, prior to disgorging it.

            My doubt is that this wine will benefit from being submerged in sea water.


        3. Since when does '3 months' mean ageing?

          Publicity pure and simple.

          And succesful.

          1. IF this were anything other than a publicity stunt, the wine would have to be sumberged for quite a bit longer than 3 months in order to find out if it did anything. The wine that was found in the sunken ships had been down there for more than 100 years!

            Personally, I think it's a crock of cr&p...

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            1. re: ChefJune

              Well, 100 years now, would not lead to RIO on the "stunt."

              I am with you - PR only.