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Dec 6, 2010 10:53 AM

Red Wine that Tastes Like the Smell of Dirt

Well..that is the only way I can describe wine that I love. I'm not a wine expert and would love to surprize my honey (who is French) with a great woody, dirt tasting, full-bodied red wine that won't give a headache. However, I have to take what I like into consideration b/c I'll be drinking it as well.
(I'm bad--LOL).
So if you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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  1. Oh, what the heck, I'll play... Cahors for dry dirt, and Bandol for moist earth.

    1. Try a Gigondas for dirt.

      1. most chilean reds taste and smell like dirt. but imo not in a good way.

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        1. re: jock

          Dirt tasting is subjective. Cahors, Bandol, and Gigondas are all great suggestions,
          but if you are looking for powerful and rustic wines, you might want to add Vacqueras and
          Madiran to the list.

          1. re: bclevy

            I was trying to think of Vacqueyras, but it was getting late and I wasn't inspired to look it up.

            Vacqueyras most definitely can have some dirt-y and barn-y aromas.

            (One of my *ding-ding-ding!* moments when tasting wine (when I began to "get it") came in the Touraine region - they brought out a red that had been nicely oaked, and one smell brought the images of wet autumn leaves to my mind. The vintner was a little amused by my level of excitement, but happy to see the lights go on!)

            1. re: sunshine842

              Don't forget about Chateauneuf-du-Pape! Nice and dirty... in the best way. ;)

          2. re: jock


            I am with you. Though they produce and export great quantities of wine, I have found but two, that I would actually buy.

            I often describe canned poi as tasting like "dirt," and that does hold for Chilean wines too. Now, good, fresh-pounded poi is a different story.


          3. If you are looking for an nice aged wine.... a Dunn Cabernet always tastes like mossy/dirt/leather /cedar to a nice way. They can be found on winezap or wine commune for around 100 bucks.

            1. Southern Rhones to me taste like plants, not dirt.
              I vote Burgundy.

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              1. re: SteveTimko

                I disagree. Cab Francs like Chinon taste like vegetables, like Carmenere from
                Chile. That green veggie taste is absent from Rhones.