Spring has sprung, and for many oenophiles, that means one thing: rosé. With its floral, fruit-forward characteristics and blush hue, there’s no question why chilled rosé is a warm-weather favorite, ideal for drinking at outdoor events and with light summer fare.
But over the past year, much has changed. And that includes how we purchase our favorite bottles. With many consumers inclined to order in rather than risk going to stores amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, delivery services became more popular than ever — with Drizly leading the way as the largest and most popular alcohol delivery app.
And like wine shops all over, Drizly has its top sellers, from seasonal classics to newly released favorites. But just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they’re worth buying. That’s why we tasted the top-selling rosé wines on Drizly to figure out the good, the not-so-good, and the oh-so-sweet. Read on for Drizly’s top-selling spring rosés, tasted and ranked.
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1. Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel
Despite our tasting panel’s initial cynicism, Whispering Angel proved to be more than just hype and good marketing. With aromas of spring bouquets and honeycrisp apples on the nose and a nice, dry mouthfeel, this bottle is incredibly sessionable from start to finish. Pair it with sunny spring days and late-night chats. Average price: $22
2. Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé
The brainchild of former couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (a.k.a. Brangelina), this bottle impressed the panel with its undeniable drinkability. In comparison to Whispering Angel, we felt this bottle was more restrained on the nose. However, its fruit-forward palate comes through in every sip, with the crispness of fresh Rainier cherries. While the celeb romance may not have been successful, we can confirm that their rosé is a winner. Average price: $25
3. Gérard Bertrand Languedoc Côte des Roses Rosé
Côte des Roses is not only a worthy summer sipper, it’s also a contender for prettiest bottle with its base featuring an elaborately engraved rose. As for the juice itself, notes of freshly baked lemon squares and river rocks rest on your taste buds long after you take your last sip. This wine begs to be paired with a light flaky fish baked with lemon slices. Average price: $15
4. Wolffer Estate Summer In a Bottle Rosé Table Wine
They say not to judge a book by its cover (or a wine by its bottle), but in this case, what you see is what you get. And as its name suggests, this rosé truly tastes like summer. With its earthy aromas and palate of citrus, honeysuckles, and blooming flowers, this is an ideal wine for beachy day drinking. We won’t judge if you drink a whole bottle yourself. Average price: $25
5. Famille Perrin Ventoux ‘La Vieille Ferme’ Rosé
This slightly fizzy bottling is full of apricot aromas on the nose, but hits your palate with strong flavors of blood orange tartness. Slightly sweet without inviting a dreaded hangover, this bottle is insanely crushable, making it ideal for poolside sipping. Pair it with salty snacks like chips and guac, or drink it on its own. Average price: $8
6. Dark Horse Rosé
This wine hits your senses with a vengeance. It is bright pink in color, with a crisp, citrusy profile. Aromas of tropical fruit and honey make this a great wine for drinking on its own or with boozy brunch. And at this affordable price, it wouldn’t be a bad case buy to serve as your summer “house wine.” Average price: $8
7. Joseph Carr Josh Cellars Rosé
To put it simply, there’s nothing wrong with this orange-hued rosé. It smells like underripe strawberries and soil. It’s not too sweet, nor is it too dry. It has a nice mouthfeel, with a bit of citrusy tang on the finish. There’s not a ton of depth here, but this wine is undeniably drinkable and would pair well with a spicy salmon hand roll. Average price: $14
8. Prophecy Rosé
This is a very tart, acidic rosé, with notes of peaches, vanilla bean, and maple. This would make for a great dessert pairing — especially with a fruit tart or galette. But don’t count on this being your all-day sipping wine; it’s heavy on the palate and is missing the refreshing qualities we typically seek in rosé. Average price: $11
9. Bota Box Dry Rosé
This boxed wine also comes in small cartons that look and feel like grownup juice boxes. With aromas of pink strawberry Starburst and ripe peaches, this is a fun spring wine to drink on the go. Pair it with a picnic or your favorite Thai curry. Average price: $6
10. Barefoot Pink Moscato
Slightly bubbly and crazy aromatic, this pink wine smells like sugar-coated berries. It’s by far the sweetest variety we tasted, with a fruit syrup flavor. It’s a bit one-note, but would work well in a low-ABV summertime spritz with a splash of soda water to help cut the sweetness. Average price: $6