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 Philomath. 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
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