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.
Deep purple in color, this 2010 blend shows aromas of warm baking spices (nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon bark) with gobs of dark black fruit behind it (blackberry, dark cherry, black raspberry). The vanilla aroma comes from American Oak aged portion of the blend and the cocoa/coconut aromas are predominantly from the French oak aged portion of this blend (just about 50/50 on the oak sourcing). On the palate, you first get flavors of ripe blueberry, boysenberry cobbler, dark plum, and wild strawberry. Then the flavors start to change and you get dark cocoa, sweet leather, fresh fig, fermented black bean, and rich toasted oak notes. The finish bounces back and forth between sweet black fruit and dark caramelized oak flavors. This blend gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
This blend has always been a lot of fun to assemble. This is a blend of a number of big red varietals from the places that they grow best. The Sirah comes mostly from Paso Robles and a touch from Lodi giv- ing it some Paso dust complexity and big ripe black fruit.
The Petite Sirah comes from Clarksburg and Lodi giving gobs of fruit flavor. The Zinfandel comes from Lodi, Mendocino, and Amador adding jammy fruit and peppery spice to the blend. The Grenache and Tempranillo come from Clarksburg which adds rasp- berry fruit and acidic structure. Lastly the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from Clarksburg and Paso Robles adding tannic power and blackberry fruit. The sum of the parts is one tasty glass of wine that can be enjoyed with anyone anywhere with almost any food. This crowd pleasing red blend is always a hit!!! Makes you want to sing, “Hey Mambo....”
This blend would pair wonderfully with a rack of slowly braised ribs dripping in molasses based BBQ sauce. Sausage lasagna would also be a good pairing. You could also serve this wine with a dessert course of dark chocolate (the 60-70% Cacao stuff). This is a very versatile wine.
The Spur celebrates the esteemed art of blending, combining the best the vineyard has to offer to handcraft the most interesting and sumptuous wine possible. This wine displays enticing aromas and flavors of black cherry and blueberry, with hints of chocolate, anise, spice and toasted oak. Mature tannins and balanced acidity lead to a smooth, lingering finish.
21% Petit Verdot
7% Cabernet Franc
6% Petite Sirah
The 2009 Whiplash Redemption is a dry red blend of 65% syrah, 25% Barbera, and 10% zinfandel. It's made by the Reata winery but, some of the juice is sourced outside of their vineyards in Napa. This blend has lots of bold cherry, strawberry, blackberry, vanilla, chocolate, and smokey spice with a lingering smooth finish. Pairs well with red meat and pasta dishes with red sauce.