My lady friend is making us a dinner of pot-roasted lamb shanks, pork pate (sort of sausage-like, country-style), cornichons and French bread. The lamb shanks will be pretty simply prepared, with chicken stock, black pepper, garlic, thyme and sherry vinegar, plus cannellini beans.
Going to have two reds with the meal. Considering one from each group:
A. 05 Ch. Ferrand Lartigue (St. Emilion); 05 Hall Napa Merlot
B. 05 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel; 02 Lagier Meredith Mt. Veeder Syrah
Advice? My wine fridge is empty so I'm having to buy the wines — and money is tight. Other varietals I should be considering in the $30 or so per bottle range?