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Extreme Wines: 5 Weird Aging Methods

Posted: 06/20/2012 5:45 pm

By Gregory Dal Piaz

There are plenty of ways a wine can be extreme: alcohol, extraction, even age. The following five wines are some of the most unusual extreme wines.

What they've been subjected to makes them unusual to say the least. I'm not sure any is better because of what it has been through, but each one does have quite a compelling story. The story of wine is a huge part of the reason we pick and choose certain wines, after all.

Check out these extreme wines and let us know which might interest you and which are just full of bull! I'll be back next week with a different extreme angle to ponder, but until then let's take a look at Extreme Wines:

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While there are many wineries that hold back barrels for later release, I can't think of anybody who goes to the extremes of Australia's Seppeltsfield winery and their Para Port Vintage Tawny.

As the name implies, this is a dessert-style wine that has been aged in barrel, giving it the classic Tawny style of aged nutty aromas and flavors in addition to rich dried fruit character.

Seppeltsfield releases a 21-year-old Para Port, which I believe is a relatively new thing, must help with the cash flow. The jewel in their line-up is the 100-year-old Para Port. Yes, you read that right: 100 years. This is a monumental wine and one of the true vinous treasures of Australia. If the current release, 1912, doesn't hold any particular sentimental value for you, don't worry. Seppeltsfield releases Para Port in every vintage so who knows, your lucky number may be coming up!

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