Allegrini La Grola, 2003
Last night we ate dinner at La Medusa restaurant. This great restaurant is located in the Columbia City district of Seattle and is a true gem in the Seattle restaurant scene. The kitchen is run by Chef Earl Hook and the front of the house by the charming Julie Andres. The menu is Sicilian inspired food, expertly prepared, and served in a relaxing casual atmosphere. We brought a bottle of Allegrini La Grola, we had cellared for the past 2 years, to enjoy with this inspired hearty fare. This northern Italian red had a deep ruby color with a bouquet of wild berries, juniper, licorice, tobacco and espresso. It is medium to full-bodied with dark cherry, jam and chocolate flavors. The tannins and acidity are both present, in ample quantities, to make this a delicious sipper, on it's own, and delicious with our hearty Sicilian food. The La Grola is made from 70% Corvina Veronese, 15% Rondinella, 10% Syrah and 5% Sangiovese. Allegrini makes some great wines and La Grola is definitely worth seeking out. This Veronese wine is available in the Seattle area for about $24..