2009 Cellar No. 8 Merlot

This Merlot has rich aromas of ripe red berry fruit and bing cherry, along with notes of dried herbs. Flavors of red cherries, cola, cloves and spice dominate the palate, with just a hint of toasty oak thrown in.

From the winemaker – “Deep ruby-blue in color, this Merlot has rich aromas of ripe red berry fruit and bing cherry, along with notes of dried herbs. On the palate, flavors of red cherries, cola, cloves and spice dominate, with just a hint of toasty oak.”

Sausage, Pepper and Onion Skewers with Merlot-Mustard

Ingredients:

Skewers
•8 mild sausages, such as sweet Italian
•3 large yellow, orange, or red bell peppers, sliced into 3/4-inch wedges
•2 small yellow onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
•2-4 tablespoons olive oil
•Salt and pepper to taste
•8 metal or wooden skewers

Merlot-Mustard
•2 cups merlot
•8 tablespoons grain or Dijon mustard
•2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
•2 teaspoons salt

Directions:

Skewers

1.Pierce sausage casings with a fork and blanch in lightly salted, boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and allow sausages to cool slightly. Slice each diagonally into 3-4 bite-sized pieces.

2.Skewer sausage, peppers, and onions and brush with olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place under broiler for 7-10 minutes, until vegetables appear tender and are slightly charred.

3.Arrange on a platter with merlot-mustard on the side. Skewers can be served alone, or offered as the basis of a serious sandwich.

Merlot-Mustard

1.Place merlot in a small, non-reactive pan and reduce it down to about 2 tablespoons. Allow to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, reduced wine, and salt. Set aside

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2009 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $10.99 a bottle, on sale for $9.99 a bottle 01/01/2013 to 12/31/2014. SKU#06657

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