Vino Rouge Red Wine Tasting February 4, 2015

As expected, Steve Carlino had a great show of wines! An Italian theme of excellent red wines the I can still taste as I write this!!!

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Straight to the preference poll…

Our first place wine was a 2005 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superior Ornellaia. A fantastic Red Bordeaux Blend, displaying beautiful aromas of ripe fruit, with currant, plum and blackberry. This complex and full-bodied Tuscan red has soft, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Wine Spectator gave it 95 points.

Second place wine was a 2009 Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classic Riserva. Another excellent Sangiovese Blend wine. A big dark chewy red wine bursting with dark cherries, licorice, tobacco, smoke and dried flowers. This hearty, full-bodied Riserva is long on personality and sheer character. Wine Advocate gave it 90 points

Third place wine was a 2005 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornettia, a Red Bordeaux Blend. This 2005 Le Serre Nuove is the second wine of Ornellaia. In top vintages it is the hidden gem in this line up from a price to quality perspective. The 2005 reveals gorgeous aromatics along with sweet black cherries, black berries, spices, smoke and toasted oak. It is a delicate and feminine wine to enjoy over the next decade or so. Wine advocate gave it 90 Points.

Although not placing in the top three, the remaining three wines were just as good and included…

1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli, a nice Sangiovesi. A deep garnet color accompanies huge, sweet aromas of roasted herbs, red and black currants, cherries, earth, incense and tobacco. A chewy and full bodied wine that can go another 7 years. Wine Advocate gave it a 93.

2007 Castello di Monsanto, a Chianti Classico Reserva. A ripe juicy red with lots of black cherry and blackberry fruit. Tannins are well coated by fleshy fruit and it lingers with a long spicy aftertaste, drinking through 2022. Wine Spectator gave it a 92.

The last wine was a 2004 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino, another Sangiovese. This is an earthy full bodies wine with aromas of roses and other flowers, leather and grilled herbs. On the pallet flows decadent berry and mushroom flavors, with a firm structure. Wine Advocate gave it a 93.

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You can see here that was also had a nice dessert wine. Specifically, thanks to Steve, we also enjoyed a 2004 Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Occhio di Pernice.

The tasting was held at the Aurora Club, which was outstanding!!! The club feasted on fried clams and cheese tray appetizers, followed by some soup and salad, an entree of choice and only to be capped off with a platter of biscotti for dessert with Espresso.

Vino Rouge Members

STEVE CARLINO
Founding Member

TOM GUERRA
Founding Member

RAY HARRISON
Founding Member

VINCENT JACQUES
Founding Member

NORM THIBAUDEAU
Founding Member

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DONALD OLDMIXON
Elected Member Sept 2008

THOMAS P CLARKIN
Elected Member Sept 2008

JOHN BENEVIDES
Elected Member May 2009

JAY CHELO
Elected Member Feb 2011

RICHARD MACERA
Elected Member Oct 2012

About Vino Rouge

This website is devoted to our late mentor and sponsor, Harold S. Russo, who was instrumental in bringing this Wine Club into being back in 1993.  The Wine Club was originally chartered under the name Vino Rosso, but reorganized and changed it’s name to Vino Rouge in 2008.  As you can tell from our club’s name(s), the most important rule in the club is “red wine only”.

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Our Wine Club consists of twelve members, six of which are founding members, who meet on the first Wednesday of every month.  While during the first several years of existence, each club meeting was held at the former Little Inn in Johnston, Rhode Island, the red wine club now meets at various “bring your own” restaurants and clubs around the State.

On a rotating schedule, each member has a chance to host a monthly meeting, where they will bring six red wines for the group to share, typically with an associated theme.  Themes have varied from being all from one country (i.e. Italy, Australia, France, etc.), being one particular varietal (Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, etc.), being of a particular age or any combination of these.

Red wines are always brought masked in paper bags, so that members are tasting the wine ‘blind’. Each month, a preference poll for first and second place wines takes place, after initial tasting but before unveiling, so that there is no bias in the votes.  After the votes are tallied and a club favorite and second favorite is chosen, the wine is always had with great food, where the wine is enjoyed even further.

The Wine Club also has several special events each year, which are highlighted an annual vertical tasting of a prestigious vineyard and a Christmas Party that involves a “show-off” wine contest.

Glad you could visit our

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