Greg & John Russo
When John Russo was fourteen years old, his Aunt Rose Russo told him to "take over the wine business." So John studied wine and marketing books, and hooked up with some industry professionals who mentored John so he could become a respected wine merchant and educator. John works with the best vintners, brokers, and importers to carefully select the best quality wines at value prices. Greg Russo has been working at his father's side for many years and is carrying on the family tradition.
We carry wines from many regions around the world. We also "special order" wines that we might not have in stock. We gladly take the time to answer your wine questions and help you select the perfect wines for your home and for the gifts you want to impress your friends and clients. Try our own Carrettino brand of quality wines. We carefully select the blends for quality and value.
This Zinfandel has an aroma of bright crushed blackberry and blueberry fruit. On the palate, loads of fresh vibrant blackberries meld with notes of spice and are balanced by a touch of vanilla oak and soft tannins. It is a luscious wine!
Dark Garnet color with aromas of plum, raspberries, white pepper, Indian spices, and blue fruits. In the mouth, flavors of blackberries, dark cherry, cedar, fresh figs, black tea leaf, brown sugar, and warm nutmeg finishing with hints of rich American oak, lush raspberry, and finishing with a delicate pecan pie nuance.
The 2009 harvest presented very nice fruit. This blend is assembled from three different lots from two vineyards in Lodi and one from Paso Robles. Lodi delivered ripe fruit and wonderful aromatics. Petite Sirah from Lodi was also added to this blend to bring complexity, structure, and nice blackberry fruit. Lastly, the Zinfandel from Paso Robles brings fleshy raspberry, earthy notes and structure to the blend.
This is a delicious glass of Zin that would pair wonderfully with a wood fired pizza topped with smoked chicken and roasted red peppers topped with fresh arugula. Also try lamb biryani and a side of naan over jasmine rice.
Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel
Reg. $16.99 Sale $11.99
The 2010 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red is an even better zinfandel than the previous vintage. They finally upped the production of grapes to have a fully estate grown product. They used to grow a majority and outsorce the rest. That being said, this was always one of my favorite zinfandels in this price range. Now -it's even better. Full of cherry, strewberry, raspberry, and vanilla while bringing out a nice smokey mocha, pepper, and spice on the palate. Not real tannic, smooth, and easy to drink. Pairs well with most foods or on its own for a refreshing relaxer.
Peachy Canyon has done it again. The 2010 Westside 100% Zinfandel comes from four special vineyard designations on the west side of Peachy Canyon vineyards in Paso Robles that gives it great structure and character. Full-bodied with rich chocolate, raspberry, toffee, and nutmeg up front with nice white pepper on the mid-palate and a smokey almost cherry cola finish. Great steak and cigar red or on its own.
Your first impression is of deep purple color and enticing Zinfandel aromas; blueberry, fresh fig, black pepper, and cardamom spice. Then your first sip; dark black fruits, dried cherry, dark chocolate, black raspberry, exotic vanilla, and mocha. The finish continues to dip into the dark blackberry cobbler flavors continuing to show the combination of French and American oak influences; vanilla, cinnamon bark, and cedar.
The 2010 vintage ended with a bang. A cool growing season and late season rain threatened to diminish the quality for a lot of producers. But our fruit came in looking great since we were able to pick early and harvested ripe fruit. The result is in your glass. Dark color, big jammy fruit, rich tannins, and your typical Dry Creek alcohol to balance out the package. The Zin came from three blocks in Dry Creek and produced some intense fruit with fairly high alcohol. We added 4% Napa Merlot to soften the power and add a touch of finesse. The 2% Paso Robles Petite Sirah added a touch of color and additional fruit to the overall blend. This wine will definitely benefit from some additional aging. So stock up because it tastes great now too.
The 2010 vintage Dry Creek Zin would pair wonderfully with rich cuts of steak; porterhouse, New York, or flatiron. Personally, I would ask my butcher to give a coarse grind to a tri-tip and make rustic burgers from the meat. Top with a red pepper aioli, white cheddar cheese, and slices of red onion, alongside your favorite sides and you will be a happy camper.
Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel
Reg. $7.99 Sale $5.99
The 2011 Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel is medium-bodied with aromas of black cherry, red currant, blackberry bramble and a hint of spice. Concentrated ripe fruit, dark berry flavors and black pepper carry through to the palate while nicely balanced acidity and plush tannins lead to a lingering finish. Pairs well with braised short ribs, BBQ chicken pizza or pulled pork sliders.