To assess this summer’s offerings, the wine panel recently sampled 25 bottles of rosé. Our only restriction was price: We wanted to spend $10 to $20 a bottle, but no more than that.

In that price range we could have found hundreds of bottles. So just to be clear: The list of the top 10 wines in our tasting represents only those we liked in that small sample, although I think it offers an accurate cross-section of what is generally available.
For consumers, the news is good. We were encouraged by how many wines in the tasting were actually dry, without the soda-pop dollop of sugar that can turn a rosé into a wine cooler.

Commanderie de la Bargemone, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé, 2008 ★★

Dry and earthy with intriguing floral and berry flavors.
Importer: Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, Va.

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