Riedel decanters combine sophistication and elegance with optimal shapes for aeration. Decanting old wines, just a few moments before they are served, helps to ensure that the wine's clarity and brilliance are not obscured by any deposit that may have developed over time. Decanting young wines several hours before they are served gives the wine a chance to bloom and attain a stage of development that normally requires years of aging.
The Riedel Escargot Decanter has a double aeration effect. The first aeration takes place when the wine is poured out of the bottle into the decanter exposing the content of the bottle to oxygen. (Lift the decanter from horizontal to a vertical position to fill the decanter.) The second contact with oxygen is triggered when the wine is poured out of the decanter and into the glass. (When pouring, hold the decanter by the oval indent for conveyance.) The decanter construction forces fresh air through the already decanted wine a second time to fill the air space in the decanter. Because they are mouthblown by only the most experienced master glass blowers, no two decanters are exactly alike.
The decanter stands 5 7/8" high, and holds 49 3/8 oz.
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