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Riedel Ultra Decanter

It has been said that decanting is a sign of respect for old wines and a sign of confidence in young wines. Decanting an aged red wine just before it is served allows you to leave any sediment in the bottle; decanting a young red wine for a couple of hours before serving gives it a chance to aerate and release its bouquet. Since it is served at a cooler temperature, a white wine should be decanted shortly before serving. With its striking modern silhouette, this lead crystal decanter from Riedel is shaped to achieve optimal results from the decanting process. The long, slender neck allows the wine to run freely down the sides, while the extra-wide flared base allows a large surface area of wine to be exposed to air. Hand blown in Austria at Riedel's family-owned glassworks, this serving piece makes a superb addition to any wine collection. 43-fl.-oz. cap., 8" high.
Average Customer Rating:
3.333 out of 5
3.3
 out of 
5
(3 Reviews) 3
2 of 3(67%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Sort by Customer Reviews for Riedel Ultra Decanter
Review 1 for Riedel Ultra Decanter
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Canyoncook
Buellton CA
February 21, 2012
Ability level:Advanced
Has owned product for:1 - 3 months
Uses product:Every day
Would You Recommend? Yes
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
A birthday gift
February 21, 2012
I received this decanter along with the Twister Wine Aerator & Decanter with Stand Set for my birthday. It is quit a beautiful set. The decanter holds about 2 1/2 bottles of wine. It is a little difficult when trying to pour the last bit of wine into a glass as you have to turn the decanter almost completely upside down to empty. The decanter seems to be very sturdy and very well made. I am enjoying it very much and have had several complements on it.
Pros: Quality, Good for Entertaining, Balance, Size, Appearance
Review 2 for Riedel Ultra Decanter
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
13ravo
NYC, NY
January 24, 2010
Would You Recommend? Yes
+7points
7of 7found this review helpful.
Serves its main purpose exceptionally well..
January 24, 2010
Yes, as the other reviewer noted, it has an awkwardness to it when you are down to pouring out the very last 1/4 glass of wine left in the decanter. However, in my opinion this is a small price to pay for the benefit this decanter provides to your wine (especially less mature wines).
As for frailty, I see no issues. As with all fine stemware, you need to be more gentle but nothing out of the ordinary here.
Review 3 for Riedel Ultra Decanter
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
dbu405
Southern California
November 23, 2009
Would You Recommend? No
-5points
5of 15found this review helpful.
Do not buy!
November 23, 2009
Do not buy this, it is the worst decanter I have ever used.
You have to turn is almost completely upside downd to pore from and it feels like the neck is going to shatter every time you use it.