1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 (1 1/2-pounds each) racks of lamb, trimmed and frenched
Do-Ahead Tip: The pesto and lamb racks may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead. Cover the pesto and lamb separately and refrigerate. Allow extra time for the chilled lamb to roast. RECOMMENDED WINE #1: Boroli Barolo 1998 REGION/ORIGIN: Barolo, Piedmont GRAPE/VARIETAL: Nebbiolo RECOMMENDED WINE #2: Avignonesi Vino Nobile d'Montepulciano 2001 REGION/ORIGIN: Montepulciano, Tuscany GRAPE/VARIETAL: Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile - local clone of sangiovese)
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