varietal wine

variants: or less commonly varietal

Definition of varietal wine

: a wine (such as merlot) bearing the name of the principal grape from which it is produced

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The Sobons long ago established a reputation for varietal wines and blends of faithful character and high value. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 Below are notes from a recent tasting of Pedro Ximenez varietal wines. Michael Austin,, "How to enjoy Pedro Ximenez sherry," 18 Apr. 2018 The epitome of 100 percent viognier varietal wine, however, comes from the small northern Rhone Valley appellation of Condrieu, and the even smaller appellation of Chateau-Grillet within Condrieu. Michael Austin,, "Love chardonnay? Give viognier a try," 30 Mar. 2018 This is the varietal wine style that many years ago, particularly in the 1990s, had an inkling of a possibility of unseating chardonnay as America’s sweetheart, go-to white wine. Michael Austin,, "Love chardonnay? Give viognier a try," 30 Mar. 2018 This is difficult when considering the leeway that California offers in its labeling rules, which require that a varietal wine contain at least 75 percent of that particular grape. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Don’t Judge a Wine by the Grape on Its Label," 1 Feb. 2018 Now carmenere’s most hallowed ground is in Chile, where it is used not only in blends but also for single varietal wines. Michael Austin,, "11 wines introduce you to Chilean carmenere's inky charms," 19 Dec. 2017

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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