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Snooth User: winewithyou

Wine Decanter's

Posted by winewithyou, Nov 28, 2007.

There are a lot of different types of decanters out there and a lot of opinions about decanting your wines. I understand that reds benefit most from decanting and have recently experienced the difference between a decanted wine and a non decanted wine, It is unbelievable the difference in flavor and aromas. I also know that you don't need a super expensive one to accomplish this task. The big bottomed genie bottle type are by far the best shape.

I have not tried this with the wine glasses I understand that a crystal glass makes an unbelievable difference as well.


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jan 21, 2008.

Thanks for this information. I have very little experience decanting wines but would definitely try it at home when serving wine to guests.

Does anyone know whether it makes sense to decant any wine or if it won't matter for most wines? Mostly I'm curious if there should be a place on Snooth where people can mark a wine as better when decanted or if it's universally a good idea...

Reply by Philip James, Jan 21, 2008.

its not universally good. for some wines it wont make a noticeable difference, but for others (especially old wines which are very fragile) it will result in overly rapid oxidation

Reply by andrew, Feb 29, 2008.

I decant most of my red wines, and I quite enjoy the difference. I like Bordeaux and Bordeaux style wines a lot, and the flavor changes a lot in the decanter, bringing out the fruits. We have a fairly standard looking decanter that was a gift, but I don't think you need to spend a lot to get a decent one (Of course, you COULD spend a fortune if you wanted to). Also, the presentation is impressive.

Reply by Daniel Petroski, Feb 29, 2008.

Decanting young wines works well when you are talking about tight wound Napa Cabernets (from 2004, for example) or any of the bombs coming out of Spain these days. A double decant always works well, that is - from bottle to jug and back to bottle. And the easiest way is to just open the bottle, sniff and pour yourself and your drinking partner a glass each, shake the bottle a bit and forget about it for an hour. I don't recommend this last touch on sediment ridden old wines.

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