A great conversation with an old school chum that you remember years later, even if you forget what the topic was. The grape here is Alicante Bouschet, AKA Garnacha Tintorera. Aerated and filtered due to bungled cork pull, it immediately filled the room with grapey fruit juice fragrance, but settled quickly to note of cellar. Once guzzled, it’s all notes of cherry and still-ripe red fruit. I found none of the oak that others have mentioned. Acidic with zero tannins. Short finish. Despite all of that, very drinkable nonetheless. Highly recommend pairing with red meat, but nothing too overpowering, maybe a simple burger. 

Bodegas Arraez "Bala Perdida" Alicante Bouschet - Spain - 2018
3.5