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.
Juicy and mouthwatering – think mid-summer plums and cherries, with a hint of black tea.
entwines with: grilled pork; mac and cheese; meatloaf; pizza; salami; tomato sauce; and wild salmon.
With dark ruby color, this blend has aromas of blueberry cobbler, muddled basil, red raspberry, and cherry cola. In the mouth, there are flavors of black raspberry compote, cherries jubilee, tart plum, cedar, and a hint of red apple. The finish shows French oak notes of caramel and vanilla as well as blackberry and watermelon rind.
The 2010 Leese Fitch Merlot was a fun blend to assemble. We had a number of strong lots to make a distinct blend from all over the state. The Paso Merlot leg brought nice fruit with some mouthfilling tannins. The Lodi Merlot brought an abundance of rich sweet red fruits (red raspberry and cherry). The Monterey Merlot brought some notes of black fruit and some earthy subtle flavors. The Clarksburg Merlot brought power to the blend and when added in a small percentage gives the wine structure. And lastly, the Lodi Syrah that we added just added more rich fruit and a warm mouthfeel component. The combination of all these parts gives you a well balance and beautiful Merlot to enjoy. Cheers.
This Merlot would pair wonderfully with an antipasta platter with cured meats, hard cheeses, and roasted red peppers. Another good pairing would be stuffed manicotti with cooked in a rich San Marzano tomato sauce or a Turkey Burger topped with an asian plum sauce and shredded cabbage.
With purple ruby color, this blend has aromas of blackberry, Paso Dust, fire roasted pepper, and vanilla. In the mouth, this blend bursts of fresh cherries, summer sweet strawberry, and cranberry sauce held together with toasted hazelnut, dark chocolate, and sandalwood. The finish shows more tart cranberry nuances with espresso, sarsaparilla, and cinnamon spice.
The 2009 Pennywise Merlot came together as a marriage of three lots. All brought nice nuances to the blend from three growing districts. The Paso Merlot hung late into the 2009 summer and brought great ripe cherry notes as well as earthy Paso Robles dust and espresso notes to the blend. Northern Interior Valley Merlot is pure fruit with all sweet red fruit flavors. Lastly, the Napa Merlot leg brought depth in oak and tannins to the blend. This lot presented vanilla oak as well as dark chocolate and spice notes. These legs work wonderfully together to make a harmonious glass of wine full of fruit and complex notes of spice and oak.
Pair this great glass of Merlot with Cuban sandwiches with sweet potato fries, a grilled sweet Italian sausage on a soft roll with grilled sweet peppers, or with chicken enchiladas with a mole sauce alongside whole pinto beans simmered with bacon.
Showing a vibrant red color, this Merlot has rich aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum and toasted oak with luscious tannins and a long coffee and mocha finish.