New review from Great Northwest Wine
Sea 02 Wine 2017 Sparkling Rosé, Willamette Valley, $20
By Great Northwest Wine on March 23, 2019
The wine producing region in and around Philomath, Ore., is gathering acclaim and earning praise, and the work of Matt Compton is a major reason for this. The former viticulturist for nearby Oregon State University has developed into one of the Willamette Valley’s most underrated winemakers, branching out from Spindrift Cellars with his young Compton Family Wines offerings and now this SEA 02 Wines lineup. All are under his Small World Wine Co., facility in McMinnville. This Pinot Noir base with Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc is presented in a dry style, starting with aromas of strawberry-rhubarb pie, spiced plums and cherry blossom. It’s a delicious and lively drink that a well-developed mousse that fills the mouth with cherries and cream, backed by a sense of toastiness and a finish of red currant and blood orange pith. The label design is by Eugene-based illustrator Neal Williams, and a portion of SEA 02 proceeds are given to OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute.
Production: 1,018 cases Alcohol: 13.7%
A new premium sparkling wine brand made from the finest Willamette Valley grapes
- Made by respected winemaker and grape grower, Matt Compton of Philomath, Oregon
- A blend that includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in a dry style
- a play on words
- a reference to the two seas our owners have lived by
- A reflection of our love, respect and appreciation of the Oregon Coast
Sea O2 had me excited from the moment I picked up the glass. Wow. Strawberries and rose petals (rosé petals?) fresh herbs, and a hint of salinity waft into my nose. Tasting it, more fresh strawberry, pomegranate and citrus do a bouncy dance in the appealing bubbles and fizz. Balance? There’s good acidity with just enough of the brioche/yeast aspect of good sparklers to soften the edges.
Whether you’re celebrating or relaxing after a long day, things will look better with a glass of this happy making wine. One of the most exciting new sparkling wines of 2018 at a very reasonable price.