Grilled Lamb Chops Gorgonzola Crusted
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more for bread crumbs
• 1 tablespoon sea salt
• 2 tablespoons freshly chopped oregano leaves
• 2 racks lamb rib chops, frenched
• 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
• 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
• 2 tablespoons minced garlic
• 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
Preheat the grill over medium heat. In a medium bowl, add the olive oil, pepper, salt, oregano, and toss together. Cut the racks into chops and add them to the oil mixture. Turning them to coat well.
In a separate bowl, add the cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, cilantro and a pinch of black pepper. Mix gently.
Remove the chops from the marinade and arrange them on the grill. Grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip and top each chop with a heaping tablespoon of the bread crumb mixture. Close the lid of the grill and cook until desired doneness, about 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve. Serves 4 to 6.
“The resulting wine opens with ripe berry fruit with a hint of tobacco leaf and ‘cigar-box’ notes. The palate is rich and the finish is quite firm but balancing. There are underlying characters of dark cherry with some green coffee bean, emulating the great Bordeaux wines of the Right Bank. This wine will look more intense than most Californian Merlots with the structure of a more ‘international’ style. A fabulous food wine, it will go a long way to restore consumers’ faith in the variety.” – Chris Cameron
Winemaker: Chris Cameron
Appellation: Paso Robles, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot
Analysis: 13.51% alc/vol