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Of, indicating, or characterizing a variety, especially a biological variety.
A wine made principally from one variety of grape and carrying the name of that grape.

[From variety.]

va·ri′e·tal·ly adv.


(Biology) of, relating to, characteristic of, designating, or forming a variety, esp a biological variety
(Brewing) a wine labelled with the name of the grape from which it is pressed
vaˈrietally adv


(vəˈraɪ ɪ tl)

1. of or pertaining to a variety.
2. constituting a variety.
3. of or designating a wine made chiefly from one variety of grape.
4. a varietal wine.
va•ri′e•tal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.varietal - a wine made principally from one grape and carrying the name of that grape
vino, wine - fermented juice (of grapes especially)
generic, generic wine - a wine that is a blend of several varieties of grapes with no one grape predominating; a wine that does not carry the name of any specific grape
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Today, Robert Mondavi Winery continues to pursue the fullest expression of the terroir of Napa Valley in wines that are also varietally authentic.
That's a fun category for us, and we categorize our wines mainly under what makes the most sense for the guest-not always regionally or varietally," Higgs says.
From these early plantings after the repeal of the Volstead Act in 1933, Herman and Ernest Wente released the nation's first varietally labeled Chardonnay, a 1936 vintage.
In 2007, it was number two in volume and value, outdone only by Australia, whose success is built around varietally labelled, fruity wines with pronounceable names--attributes beloved by consumers, but rare in France.
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The truth is that, when made by an artisan, they are altogether superior to a varietally labelled Vin de Pays.
Almost all Alsatian wine is varietally labelled, which is rare in France.
It wasn't long before critics began talking about the balanced, varietally correct, complex wines, a style previously thought achievable only with estate-grown and bottled fruit.
Made by the Kunde Family, which has a long history of making varietally correct wines; nice balanced acidity to pair with fresh ripe red fruit of cherries and berries; hints of herb flavors; good tannis and nice structure.
Current staff favorite regions include Liguria, Alsace and the Loire; varietally, they adore riesling, syrah and nero d'avola.
It's hard to turn your back on the consistency of this lower-priced brand, not when the wines from Trinchero-farmed vineyards are as varietally correct as they have become.
Home to California's largest natural lake, Lake County provides an ideal cool climate and terroir for balanced, varietally correct Sauvignon Blanc.