8 California Rosé Wine Mainstays (Wine Spectator)

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For many, rosé represents sunshine in a bottle. The sun is still just shyly peeking through in some parts of the country, but quit looking out the window for a sign and start stocking up on these rosés already.

Rosé on the go? Yes please! The canned wine category continues to soar thanks in part to refreshing versions like this rosé from Ferdinand, which is floral and snappy and is made to travel anywhere in its 375ml container.

Vaughn Duffy delivers a 90-pointer here. It's made entirely from Carignane sourced from 80-year-old vines in Mendocino's Ukiah Valley. Carol Shelton also uses Carignane, blended with Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, for her deep-colored rosé.

Big-production versions from La Crema, Kendall-Jackson, Martin Ray and Layer Cake are widely available throughout the U.S. and are attractively priced—in case you need another excuse to buy a bottle … or 12.

VAUGHN DUFFY Carignane Mendocino County Rosé 2018 Score: 90 | $20
Sleek and delicately spirited, with floral watermelon and peach flavors that dance on a long finish. Drink now. 420 cases made.—Tim Fish

LA CREMA Pinot Noir Monterey Rosé 2018 Score: 89 | $25
A spirited version, with expressive strawberry blossom aromas and delicate watermelon and spice flavors. Drink now. 34,734 cases made.—T.F.

PISONI Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosé Lucy 2018 Score: 89 | $19
Sleek and refined, yet lively, with strawberry, spice and dried orange flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now. 1,041 cases made.—T.F.

KENDALL-JACKSON Rosé Vintner's Reserve California 2018 Score: 88 | $17
Crisp and graceful, with apricot and watermelon flavors. Drink now. 90,847 cases made.—T.F.

MARTIN RAY Pinot Noir Sonoma County Rosé 2018 Score: 88 | $16
Crisp and delicately zesty with strawberry and spice flavors. 12,000 cases made.—T.F.

CAROL SHELTON Rosé Wild Thing Rendezvous Mendocino County 2018 Score: 88 | $16
Festive and refreshing, with zesty cherry and spice flavors. Carignane, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. 2,831 cases made.—T.F.

FERDINAND Rosé California 2018 Score: 87 | $9/375ml
Floral watermelon and orange zest aromas open to crisp and snappy flavors. Drink now. 700 cases made.—T.F.

LAYER CAKE Rosé California 2017 Score: 87 | $13
Delicate and floral, with strawberry and peach pit accents. Pinot Noir and Syrah. Drink now. 17,483 cases made.—T.F.