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Rosé has exploded in popularity in recent years and, happily, supply has kept up with demand. That means there are more affordable versions than ever, from a diverse array of regions. Southern France continues to make the exquisite rosés it's long been known for, yet California has come on strong in recent years, with a range of styles from appellations throughout the state.
90 $20 Tenshen Rosé Central Coast 2016 California Expressive and fun to drink, this rosé has crisp nectarine, smoky spice and watermelon flavors. Syrah blend.—Tim Fish
89 $14 Ferrari-Carano Sangiovese Sonoma County Rosé Dry 2016 California Effusive aromas of spicy cinnamon and strawberry lead to crisp and zesty raspberry flavors.—Tim Fish
89 $20 Château d’Aquéria Tavel 2016 France This sports a plump core of strawberry and red currant notes, flanked with high-pitched rose water and floral accents.—James Molesworth
88 $11 14 Hands Rosé Columbia Valley 2016 Washington Expressive raspberry and watermelon aromas combine with snappy, easygoing flavors. Syrah and Grenache.—Tim Fish
88 $12 Matua Pinot Noir Marlborough Rosé 2016 New Zealand Light, juicy watermelon and apple skin flavors are wrapped around fresh berry notes in this rosé, which is vibrant on the finish.—MaryAnn Worobiec
88 $13 Jean-Luc Colombo Méditerranée Rosé Cape Bleue 2016 France Pure and precise, with streamlined watermelon and white cherry fruit that has a very fresh feel. Syrah and Mourvèdre.—James Molesworth
88 $15 Les Caves du Commandeur Côtes de Provence Rosé Âme du Vin 2016 France There’s a creamy edge to the notes of white cherry, bergamot and mango in this rosé, ending with a light rose water echo. Grenache and Cinsault.—James Molesworth
88 $15 Philippe Viallet Vin de Savoie Rosé 2016 France Lively blood orange and rose water notes streak along, backed by a vibrant stony spine on the finish. Gamay.—James Molesworth
88 $17 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2016 Spain This lively rosé rides energetic citrusy acidity to deliver focus and freshness, with cherry and red plum flavors that show depth.—Thomas Matthews
88 $20 La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey Rosé 2016 California This version is soft and delicate, with supple strawberry and cranberry flavors.—Tim Fish