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by Fred McMillin
Serve Lamb, Ma'am
Well, there is one sin for which a lot of
...Ogden Nash's Food, Workman Publishing
I made our 1995 Harvest Reserve Merlot in a soft and supple style that will complement elegant lamb dishes.
...Mirassou Winemaker Tom Stutz
The Rest of the Story
Mirassou Chef de Cuisine David Page agrees with Tom. He pairs this Merlot with Roast Saddle of Lamb Stuffed with Moroccan Spices, Sweet Onions and Currents.
Chef Mary Evely in the Vintner's Table Cookbook recommends matching the strong flavors of lamb with Merlot, too. Her dish is Rack of Lamb with Shallot Marmalade (p. 148).
Alright, let's serve lamb. Now to the wine. In the 1980s, Mirassou blended its Merlot into other reds. By 1990 they felt it was good enough to go it alone, so they bottled their first Mirassou Merlot (see label). It proved to be so successful, that two years later Tom segregated the top lots, and blended the first RESERVE Merlot, the 1992...very rich, full-bodied, more complex. My panel just tasted the '95...
Wine of the Day
1995 Harvest Reserve Merlot, Monterey County
Merlot mania continues. 1998 supermarket wine sales show the biggest percent increase for the year was the 34% jump in MERLOT!
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