They’re Back! CapRock Wines are in Distribution Again.
I made my usually “run” to Spec’s Smith Street store in Houston earlier this week and found and interesting surprise.
In the store’s Texas wine “section” [and I use this term loosely as it is located on the isle that they call "Bourbon Street"] I found about two linear feet of shelf space dedicated to the wines of the new CapRock Winery. CapRock’s wines have been MIA for some time now and this is the first appearance since the winery’s bankruptcy auctions [Yes! that's right Auctions with an "s" which is story all unto its own: click here] which ended with the winery now being owned by Cathy Bodenstedt from San Antonio.
Cathy is the other half of the wife and husband pair to Jim Bodenstedt, the Texas fast food magnate of Muy Foods fame (KFC, Taco Bell, y mas – see below).
The return of CapRock Winery to the Texas wine seen is a welcome sight. This Lubbock-based winery is part of Texas wine history as it opened originally as Teysha Cellars in the early days of the modern wine revolution in Texas back in the 1980s. This was when you could just about count all the Texas wineries on two hands. These were difficult times as when one new Texas opened, one seemed to go out of business. This is exactly what happened to Teysha Cellars and after a bankruptcy or two, it reorganized and reopened as CapRock Winery. It is still located in the same facility that when opened in 1989, it was described as “Visually Stunning” and “Palatial”. And, it still is a magnificent place to visit, tour and taste if you find yourself in Lubbock.
The wines that I found included: Sweet Tempranillo (<1% RS, read here), Blush Royal (read here), Sweet Muscato, dry Rosé of Grenche (a dark Rosato-style rosé) designated Reddy Vineyards, and Roussanne (great stuff read here). Many were Texas appellation (Texas High Plains AVA); but alas, some were American appellation (which is a preferred designation to “For Sale in Texas Only” for wines made here with out-of-state grapes).
There may have been more CapRock wines on the shelf (I don’t remember; just going too fast this week). The Spec’s Online listing hasn’t even been updated yet!
I brought home the dry rosé. It had a deep-red purple color (for a rosé) and red berry presence in the glass with a “bit of grip” from skin tannins likely derived along with the deep coloration from extended contact with skins. This is a rosé that hungers for meat…red meat! It’s definitely not a sissy’s rosé by any means.
Give a look for the wines of CapRock Winery on a shelf in a store near you. Give them a try and find one you like.