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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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geosmin, a compound with a strong earthy or muddy aroma that is a by-product of soil bacteria and is usually associated with wine faults. Found in red and white wines made with rotten grapes, it is also present in some wines with cork taint. The same aroma arises when rain falls on dry earth. See also microbial terroir.

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