Our Little Raven Vineyards sommeliers work hard each week to uncover a few undervalued, scrumptious bottles of wine to share with our customers. If you're in the mood to try something different, check out our recommendations below.  

 

 

   Broadbent, Vinho Verde, NV, Gaia, Portugal

   $10 a bottle
    A traditional blend of 50% Loureiro, 40% Trajadura,

    and 10% Pederna. This is an incredible thirst quencher,

    perfect for our hot weather. Flavors of peach, zesty

    tangerine, and zippy mineral dash across the tongue,

    while a touch of frizzante carbonation tickles the

    tastebuds. Young, fresh, quaffable, this is a great

                                               wine to have on hand for those hot summer evenings.

Graham Beck

Chardonnay-Viognier, 2009

Western Cape, South Africa

$12 a bottle

This is an interesting blend, utilizing the attributes of both grapes to created a luscious drink. The viognier gives the wine a perfume-like nose, with scents of stone fruit and spring blossoms. In the mouth

the wine is expansive, with flavors of melon, apricot, honey, and a hint of lemon zest. The wine has a very crisp, zesty tone, which

carries on the finish.

 

 

   Senorio D. Barriobero Crianza, 2007 

   Rioja, Spain     $16 a bottle

 

   This is 100% tempranillo, aged in old oak barrels. Soft and polished,

   yet ample with tannins and acidity, this Rioja has an intense

   structure. Flavors of pie cherries, vanilla, and fresh coffee beans

   fill the mouth. On the mid-palate, the wine shows more spice, along

   with a touch of gun metal flintiness. The finish is long and lingering,

   showing off some white pepper tannins. A little time breathing wil

   l reward amply.

 

Elsa Bianchi

Torrontes, 2009

Mendoza, Argentina              $12 a bottle

An elegant looking label leads to a delicate, yet plush white. A bouquet of citrus blossoms fills the nose. Crisp and refreshing, offering flavors of lime, tangerine, grapefruit, and honey. A distinct floral tone graces the wine from nose to finish. Excellent with lighter fare, fish, salads, grilled veggies.

 

  La Mano 200

   Mencia Robles,

   Bierzo, Spain                                 $13 a bottle
   Mencia is a indigenous grape of the Iberian Peninsula. It is

   known for its deep color, berry flavor, and sultry tannins.

   This little red is produced from older vines and has an

   earthy depth that leads to brambly flavors as it is open.

   On the nose the wine has a sachet scent, aromas of

   flowers fill the senses. Its spicy character on the palate is

   splashed with bright flavors of blueberry, cranberry, and

   black raspberry. A touch of balsamic reduction and clove marry with the acidity and gripping tannins. This is a fine pair for grilled burgers, steak, or seared Portabellas topped with cheese.


Mandolina

Pinot Grigio, 2008

Santa Barbara, California

$12 a bottle
There is something magical about juice from this foggy

valley off the California coast. Grapes seem to love its

lazy 9-5 work days. Mandolina is an elegant white, with scents of blossoms in the glass. Focused flavors of melon

and pear swell on the tongue. It is layered and refreshing, with hints of honey, crisp apple, and zesty lime peel. The acidity creates drama on the finish.
 

 

 

      Domaine de Tariquet 2008 Classic Blanc,  

      Cotes du Gascogne, France

      $12 a bottle

      A blend of blend of 70% ugni blanc and 30% colombard. This is

      a very refreshing white wine, filling the mouth with crisp

      expressions of lemons and mango, with a touch of angel food

      cake. The wine offers a touch of white flowers and spice on the

      finish. With its crisp character and cutting acidity, this wine is

      wonderful with steamed mollusks.

 

 

 Toscana Bianco,

 Sanguineti, 2008

 Castel Del Piano, Italy         $12 a bottle
  A blend of 50% vermentino, 30% malvasia and

  20% chardonnay. Citrus flavors fill the mouth with

  lime, lemon, and grapefruit tones. The acidity  

  swells on the tongue, while a touch of pear and

  melon leads to the refreshing finish. A wine with a

  mineral character, offering a slightly salty flavor

 on the finish. This one begs for some steamed

 shellfish or mollusks.

 


   Domaine De Pellehaut, 2009

   Harmonie de Gascoyne  

   Cotes de Gascoyne, France

   $10 a bottle

    A blend of ugni blanc, colombard, gros

    manseng, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

    Its citrus profile makes it zippy and fresh.

   The mid-palate shows lime, orange, pineapple, pear, and passion fruit. A touch of mineral shows on the finish with a slightly floral tone. A great value for the money.

 

Terrapura

Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

Central Valley, Chile

$11 a bottle

A cornucopia of citrus, showing flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, and lime. The mouthwatering acidity is balanced with a creamy yeastiness on the

mid-palate. The finish is refreshing and slightly spicy with tones of lemongrass and jasmine.


   Charles Smith Wines

   Velvet Devil Merlot, 2007

   Columbia Valley, Washington

   $12 a bottle
   Velvet Devil reaffirms the potential of merlot, 

   especially in the Pacific Northwest. Polished

   mouthfeel, with perfect presence on the tongue.

   Black plum expands in the mouth, ushering in

  flavors of milk chocolate, cherry skins, smoked vanilla bean, with a touch of flinty gun metal. The wine is concentrated, yet

graceful, hitting all the right notes. This merlot has plenty of cache and character.


Gozzo, 2008

Organic Malbec

Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina

$15 a bottle


Sultry and ripe, this red hits all the right notes and still has time to

be organic. A smooth character shows tastes of vanilla, charred marshmallows, fresh ground coffee beans, and black raspberries.

Soft tannins offer a hint of white pepper on the finish. There is a

touch of floral acidity that sweeps the mouth, making this malbec a great pair for many dishes.

 


   Morse Code

   Shiraz, 2008

   Padthaway, Austrlia             $12 a bottle
   The label spells Shiraz in Morse code. Not that

   this little fruit bomb needs a gimmick, with its

   explosion of red raspberries, blueberries, and

   black cherry flavors. Spicy and big, with tastes

   of black pepper and licorice. The finish lingers

   with a minerally touch of smoke and eucalyptus.

   The acidity and tannins add balance to the ample

    fruit.

 

Eskadale Vineyards

The Winners Tank, 2007

Langhorne Creek, Australia           

$18 a bottle
A dense and brooding wine, made from 100% shiraz. Layered and ripe, yet complex, this red showcases how good the grapes from Langhorne Creek can be. Shades of black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry are complemented by hints of smoke and charred marshmallow. Spicy tones fill the mouth, offering flavors of black pepper, clove, allspice, and vanilla. Sultry mouthfeel with mature tannins on the finish.

 

 

  Savanha

  Pinotage Shiraz, 2008

  Stellenbosch, South Africa                             $13 a bottle
  An interesting blend of pinotage and shiraz, it showcases

  South Africa's incredible potential for ripe wines with complexity.

  Pinotage is a cross of pinot noir and cinsault, one being elegant

  and the other being hearty. This blend allows the elegance of

  the pinot noir to show through. Smoky and smothered in flavors

  of cherries, red raspberries, blackberries, tar, anise, plum,

  leather, and spice. Great acidity to oppose the ripe fabric,

  while the tannins are polished and smooth. The mid-palate

  and finish are brimming with more fruit flavors. Great with

  grilled meats, red sauces, and sausages.

                                   


Tormaresca

Chardonnay, 2006

Puglia, Italy                                                          $12 a bottle

Aromas of white flowers and baked goods waft from the glass. Ripe and rich, it offers flavors of pineapple, peaches, papaya, plantain, and baked apple. The finish offers a combination of spice, vanilla and anise, while a clean cutting acidity wakes the senses. Great chardonnay from one of Italy's warmest regions.

 


   Corte alla Flora

Rosso Di Montepulciano, 2006

   Montepulciano, Italy                     $16 a bottle

   A lovely version of sangiovese from the Tuscany 

   region. Spices wash over the tongue, while on the

   mid-palate the wine shows notes of chocolate,

   roasted black cherries, and flinty mineral. Sour

   cherry tones pair with the acidity, while the tannins

   contribute a white pepper spice. It conveys a smoky

   density that carries through to the floral finish.

   Complex, old world juice, with a good dose of  

                                                    world ripeness.

 

Anne Amie

Cuvee A Muller Thurgau, 2008

Willamette Valley, Oregon

$16 a bottle
This white grape is grown primarily in Austria where it gets the ample sun it deserves, (compared to the German version of this grape that struggles with ripeness). It would make sense that Muller Thurgau would enjoy the continental climate of Oregon. Layered and exotic, Anne Amie Cuvee A's nose is filled with aromas of spring blossoms and cantaloupe. In the mouth, the wine is ripe, with flavors of papaya, pineapple, honeysuckle, jasmine, and tangerine zest. The finish shows a flicker of flinty mineral. This white is sweet, with its cornucopia of fruit flavors, but at the same time refreshingly dry.


   Piazzano

   Chianti DOC, 2007

   Empoli, Italy                                                    $15 a bottle
   Sultry and balanced, this sangiovese-based red is a classically

   styled Chianti, with a touch of new world character. It offers a

   touch of rose petals, gun metal, and fresh cut marjoram, supported

   by a ripe, juicy flavor of black cherries and plum. The hint of milk

   chocolate on the finish marries with a distinct terroir tone. Soft

   tannins make this a great wine for pizza, red sauce pasta, and those

   recipes blessed with a healthy dollop of olive oil.

 

Elio Perrone

Moscato Sourgal, 2007

Piedmont, Italy

$19 a bottle

Young Stefano Perrone is a masterof Moscato and for the past two years, the influential Italian wine publication Il Mio Vino has rated Clarté Italy's finest Moscato.  This wine shows extraordinary lusciousness, vivid fruit, soft mousse, and captivating perfume, so it is no surprise that the following for Moscato d’Asti has grown dramatically in recent years., a superb light dessert wine, perfect with fruit of all types. It is the perfect summer sipper too -- ideal for picnics orand perfect with melon and prosciutto. It's also a traditional accompaniment in Piedmont at the Christmas celebration.

 

  Santa Barbara 

  Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi, 2007

  Marche, Italy                $13 a bottle
  A great change of pace for the white wine

  aficionado. The straw color offers a hint of

  green, making a jewel like appearance in the

  glass. Floral aromas greet the nose and carry

  over to the palate. Flavors of apricot, melon,

  and creamy lemon meringue fill the senses. The

  mouthfeel is rich, even though the acidity offers a zesty palate cleansing experience. Classic Italian style and elegance, with a ripe profile.

Hope Estate

"The Ripper" Shiraz, 2005

Hunter Valley, Australia                               $15 a bottle
Big inky color with aromas of spice and berries. The mouth fills with vanilla, raspberry, black pepper, and chocolate cupcake nuances. The mid-palate offers notes of clove, cinnamon, and a hint of licorice. The tannins offer a back of the hand front of the hand experience with the ripe fruit flavors. A great bottle for barbequed fare.


 

 

Uncover the Hidden Wine (2, 12)

You could win a Free Bottle of Wine!

We have hidden new clues throughout our website that will provide you with the name of a type of grape. You may notice some numbers that appear out of context. If you can decipher this number code, you will discover the name of this grape. ALL the information you need to solve this puzzle is contained on this site.

The first five customers to come by the store and correctly identify the hidden grape will win a free bottle of wine. As of Sunday, December 2, four people have correctly identified the hidden grape. So we still have one potential winner out there and three bottles of wine to give away. If you are not one of the first 5, you can still mention your discovery to us in person and you will receive 20% off two bottles of wine or any two items purchased! Good Luck!

In Store Wine Tasting Schedule: 

Wednesday, 12/4/13 (4-7P):

Fish House

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

Walla Walla, Washington - $12

and

Allendorf

Saptburgunder, 2010

Winkel, Germany - $12

Saturday, 12/7/13 (2-7P):

Les Boursicottes

Sancerre, 2012

Sancerre, France - $25

and

El Pedrosal

Crianza, 2010
Burgos, Spain - $22

Wednesday,12/11/13 (4-7P):

Allan Scott

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

Blienham, New Zealand - $17

and

Lamadrid

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

Agrelo, Argentina - $18

Saturday, 12/14/13 (2-7P):

Huia

Pinot Gris, 2010

Blenhiem, New Zealand

and

Alder Ridge

Cabernet Sauvignon

Horse Heaven Hills

Prosser, Washington - $26

The Order of the BLACK Feather

(LRV's really cool version of a frequent buyer program)

Just click on Wine Adventures, then Order of the Black Feather, to find out how you can save money every time you make a purchase at LRV.

LRV Recommended Reading for Wine Aficionados

Little Raven Vineyards would like to share some of their favorite books on wine that would make great springtime reading. We try to stay away from the books that provide lists and descriptions of wine; we prefer books that look into the "soul" of a bottle of wine.

 

 

 

Seasons among the Winemakers of Southwest France

Families of the Vine

 by Michael S. Sanders

 This wonderful book chronicles three winemaking families in the Cahors appellation of southwest France. Each family has been growing Malbec grapes for 100 years and making very good, but very different wines. Sanders provides a inside look at the life of these vignerons through all the seasons. The book offers an

easy- to-understand explanation of how French wine is made and most importantly an understanding of the French passion for the grape.

Judgement of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine

 by George M Taber

 Two bottles of wine changed the wine industry in 1976;1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1973 Montelena Chardonnay won in the the now famous Paris Tasting in 1976, where a panel of top Frencch wine experts compared some of France’s most famous wines with a new generation of California wines. George Taber, then correspondent for Time magazine and the only reporter at this dramatic tasting session in Paris, tells the story of how of thistransforming event and the subsequent California wine revolution that took place as a result.

 

 

Tasting Pleasure:

Confessions of a Wine

Lover

by Jancis Robinson

There are many books about producing and rating wine, this one is about enjoying it. An excellent read with some interesting historic information about the development of the wine industry through the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times
by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup


A detailed history of Champagne from its inception through the twentieth century. This fascinating book features little known facts about the region, its celebrity status and the celebrities that touted its virtues.

Wine and War: The French the Nazis and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup


A light-hearted anthology of French vintners and their experiences during the Nazi occupation. It features not-often told stories without the heavy historical background.

Extremely Pale Rosé

A Very French Adventure

 by Jamie Ivey

 A former London lawyer, Jamie Ivey writes a fun account of his travels through the vineyards of southern France, looking for the palest bottle of rose in France. A great book for anyone who is into Rosés.

Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier
by Andrea Immer


One of the best beginners books ever written. Packed with useful information in a down to earth style; it is an invaluable resource for newbies as well as the wine savvy. A great gift for anyone with an interest in wine.

The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste
by Elin McCoy


An objective biography of one of the most

important men in the wine industry. Parker is known as a market maker and is attributed to creating the American palate. This is an insiders look at Parker, his rise to power, and the growth of the wine market in the US.