"Earthy" is a winetasting term for wines that have the aroma or bouquet and flavors reminiscent of certain kinds of soil or vegetation, such as damp soil, dry leaves, and mushrooms. To many wine drinkers, faint amounts of these earthy scents or flavors are pleasing. Earthy, however, can also describe wines that are funky and unrefined or that have an unappetizing overt smell and taste of minerals and soil. See also rustic.