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Sea Wave Wines

Sea Wave Wines
2020 Low-Alcohol Rose, California

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Category: Low-Alcohol Rose Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
Gluten-Free, Vegan, Sustainability
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$4
Best Buy

Sea Wave Wines
2020 Low-Alcohol Rose, California

Pair this wine with:

Category: Low-Alcohol Rose Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
Pale steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of berries and fig with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, sparse finish with elements of hints of sliced lemon with no oak flavor. A light, dry refresher for lower-octane occasions.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: berries and fig
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of hints of sliced lemon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing:
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light, dry refresher for lower-octane occasions.

The Producer

Plata Wine Partners

The Producer
855 Bordeaux Way, Suite 100
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-261-8740

Their Portfolio

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91 Abrupt Vineyards 2019 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $60.00.
87 Berrycream Winery 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $13.99.
88 Big Six 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 15.3% (USA) $12.00.
85 Buttercream 2019 Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
90 Cotillion 2018 Pinot Noir, Tri-County 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
90 Crossways Winery 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
85 Crossways Winery 2020 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
86 Dark Cherrycream 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey 13.8% (USA) $13.00.
90 Dog Ear 2018 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Kreme De Cuvee 2019 Brut, California 11.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR Popcorn 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sea Wave Wines 2020 Rosé, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Chardonnay, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Sea Wave Wines 2020 Low-Alcohol Rose, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
87 Sea Wave Wines 2019 Low-Alcohol, Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Low-Alcohol, Chardonnay, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Seven Rings 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $34.00.
88 Seven Rings 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
87 Seven Rings 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
90 Seven Rings 2020 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $21.00.
89 Sundry 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $16.00.
88 The Buccaneer 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2020 Chardonnay, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
87 Thirty Degrees 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $34.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2019 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
92 Tributus 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
90 Tributus 2018 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $44.00.
89 Tributus 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
89 True Oak Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $66.00.
90 True Oak Vineyards 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $56.00.
86 Verada 2018 Merlot, Tri-County 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
90 Verada 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tri-County 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
88 Verada 2019 Chardonnay, Tri-County 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
86 Verada 2019 Tri County, Merlot, San Luis Obispo, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
85 Verada 2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Tri-County 14.2% (USA) $18.00.

Low-Alcohol Rose Wine

Low alcohol wines are wines in which the alcohol has been greatly reduced, usually under the guise of being a healthier alternative to its full alcohol siblings. Wine, as we know, has many healthy attributes, the most widely known being those which help with heart health. Studies have proven that removal of the alcohol does not remove the helpful antioxidants. In combination with the emergence of the sobriety trend, low alcohol wines have been growing in acceptance and continue to increase in availability.


There are two processes that are the most common ways to remove alcohol from wine: reverse osmosis and vacuum distillation. Reverse osmosis is much more expensive and time consuming, but it tends to be the most popular procedure as it attempts to remove all of the individual elements that make wine desirable from the alcohol itself. The wine concentrate is removed and the alcohol/water compound is boiled at a low enough temperature to ensure the removal of the alcohol without the vaporization of the water. Once enough alcohol is removed from the water, the water is returned to the wine compound. Vacuum distillation, on the other hand, slowly boils the wine in whole in order to get the alcohol to evaporate.


The difference between the two processes is a difference in flavor and aromas. Wine loses its aroma in a vacuum distillation (as many aromas float into the air through the evaporation of the surface alcohol which is, of course, greatly reduced) and can lose many of its tannins during reverse osmosis (the separation of its parts destroys some of the texture). Out of the two, reverse osmosis retains the character most, however, there has yet to be a low-alcohol wine that completely retains the full profile of its original.


One other, more natural, way that low-alcohol wine is made is by picking grapes that have less sugar which can turn into alcohol during the fermentation process. Vintners pick grapes when they are slightly underripe, or remove the leaves to slow the vine's sugar making ability. These wines tend to keep the mouthfeel and texture, but the flavor profile is different than would come from fully ripe grapes. Also, these wines have a much higher ABV, though lower than their full alcohol counterpart (as low as 5.5%- reverse osmosis and vacuum distillation can remove alcohol almost completely, to .2%)


One can drink low alcohol rosé anytime they would try the real thing- as a nice evening relaxer, a great conversation among friends, an addition to a beautiful meat, fish or pasta dish (if the varietal is fuller bodied such as Syrah or Merlot), etc. However, one should expect that the wine may come across a bit less polished and much lighter in complexity. And, no matter what, it should always be chilled.