Attack of the Killer Closeouts — Episode 1

Attack of the Killer Closeouts — Episode 1

Posted on Sep, 23. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

Over the past week we have been hit with a couple of lengthy lists of distributor closeouts. Will and I have spent many hours researching these lists and tasting through dozens of candidate wines, and from all that work we have a couple of different gems to offer over the next week or two that really bear paying attention to. These are, across the board, absolutely fantastic wines at ridiculous prices. The first of these, the one that simply couldn’t wait, follows below:

To be honest, I wasn’t at all familiar with the 2005 Cellars Sant Rafael Solpost from Montsant in Spain prior to tasting it. We had it at a Board meeting among a series of samples of other closeout Spanish and Italian wines, and it stood out like a sore thumb — with wonderfully pure fruit and seamless elegance, it was head and shoulders above a crowd of run-of-the-mill industrial wines that were similarly priced. We all wondered — how could this be? Just our good fortune I guess. Here was my tasting note in CellarTracker:

2005 Cellers Sant Rafel Montsant Solpost – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant (9/22/2010)
Medium/dark ruby color. Alluring nose of cherry cordial. On the palate, there is lovely, pure cherry fruit, with hints of chocolate, vanilla and anise. Creamy mouthfeel, outstanding balance and perhaps just a hint of warmth. This is really well dialed-in and supremely enjoyable… (90 pts.)

Other CellarTracker notes agreed, with three nice reviews averaging 90 points as well. When we investigated this wine further, we weren’t too surprised at the similarly glowing review we found from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

The 2005 Solpost is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 35% Carinena, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it has an enticing perfume of mineral, earth notes, cassis, and black cherry. Smooth-textured, on the palate it has outstanding depth and concentration, savory red and black fruit flavors, and a long, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020. 91 points.

There’s no need to belabor the point — this is a perfect example of the outstanding value that Spanish wines can deliver, with an alluring blend of fruit and elegance (and not the oak and heat one often finds in the massively extracted Spanish wines sometimes touted these days). By moving aggressively we have been able to get an exceptional price on this wine, and we can offer it to you today at nearly half off retail:

2005 Cellars Sant Rafael Solpost
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $13.19 • Premier Cru: $13.79 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $23.00
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This is a great wine — with broad appeal, strong reviews, and an outstanding price, it’s something everyone should strongly consider. Very highly recommended.

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