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.
Cascina Adelaide, situated directly beneath Barolo castle, cuts a quixotic profile. The ultra-modern, underground winery contrasts with the dour, 13th century fortification, but is anything but impractical. Built by the Drocco family in '99, it was designed to exalt the terroir of the cru vineyards, and is outfitted with premium equipment and a gravity-fed layout. Their base Barolo is a blend of 5 estate holdings in Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falleto, and Novello. It's pure, elegant, and built to age, but drinks young. The 2007 Cascina Adelaide Barolo is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes aged 24 months in large oak casks, 2 months in steel, and 6 months in bottle before its release. This delivers a nice mix of cherry, raspberry, eucalyptus and tobacco aromas and flavors, with a mineral undercurrent. Firms up on the finish, showing grip and a spicy aftertaste. Great for a collector or someone who appreciates a nice bottle for the occasion. Best if cellared no longer than the year 2027. "91 Points" -WS. Great for a more high end occasion for the holidays.
The Grifalco Gricos is grown in a DOC zone called the "Vulture" with-in the Italian Balsilicata region:
It's made from the Aglianico grape which flourishes in such a hot and dry climate. You can smell the rich earth and pepper on the nose. A big wine for the meat eater! It's dry but, not overly tannic; just full of acidity, dirt, white and black pepper, cranberry, and plum with a slight bit of vanilla java. It finishes smooth yet, dirty leaving that deep southern Italian soil lingering on the palate. A definate pleaser for the Italian red lover.
Lanciola Terricci 2003 "91 Points" WS
Suitable red for accompanying red meat dishes with mushrooms and mature dry cheeses. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. It's an intense ruby red, dark with full, complex tannins. Fruity, with spicy touches of cinnamon and vanilla. Structured, elegant and persistent with a fruity aftertaste enhanced bv a good level of acidity.
Sella & Mosca Cannonau Riserva
Reg. $18.99 Sale $13.99
The 2008 Sella & Mosca Cannonau Riserva has tastes of rich plum, dried cherries, herbs, and leather with an elegant slightly almond finish. Serve with red meats, game, or heavy pasta dishes. "Winery of the year" for great inovation and quality from Gambero Rosso, Italy's most important guide to the industry. Sella & Mosca is located in Sardegna, the island to the west of Italy. "Cannonau" is the most popular grape of the land which is a sister grape to what most of us know as "Grenache". The soil of this island has a compound of minerals that create the wonderful, rich flavors and antioxidants that make it the healthiest wine in the world. The average life expectancy of Sardegna's people is over 100! They attribute this to drinking Cannonau every day. Don't just take my word for it, here's what Dr. Oz has to say: http://healthybodydaily.com/
From the northern mountains of Asti comes the famous Italian dry red Barbera. Many people think Asti means sweet because of wines like Moscato D'Asti and Asti Spumante but, it's actually a region that makes some stunning dry reds and whites as well. Tenuta Olim Bauda has been family run for the last four generations and the passion for the vineyards grows stronger with each generation. Their 2011 Bardera D'Asti "La Villa" is their entry level red which is medium-bodied full of blackberry, cherry, and candied fruit flavors with a touch of that Italian minerality. I love this wine. It's smooth with all the right balance for any occasion.
Terre Nere Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 "92 Points" -WS
I know Brunello isn't cheap but, this is the time of year to splerge whether it's for gifts or that holiday dinner. These are some of my favorites. The 2006 Terre Nerre Brunello is spicy and full-bodied while showing some mushroomy and woodsy aromas. This is a complex wine loaded with flavors of cherry, tobacco and a touch of licorice. Tightly wound, with a lingering, savory aftertaste. It will cellar well, best by 2025. Only 800 cases made. "92 Points" -WS
With Cusumano Nero d'Avola going up in price we needed to find one that is more affordable while still holding its quality. I think we've found it in Villa Pozzi. This Nero d'Avola is deep in color, full-bodied and dry. It has flavors of blackberry, fig, vanilla, leather, and rich earthiness while finishing clean and dry with a little berry tingle on the tongue tantalizing you for another sip. Pairs well with hearty beef dishes, lamb, pasta, and pizza. Try it while we can hold the price down.