The 2010 Colby Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot and Petite Sirah sourced from vineyards located in more than one California grape growing AVA (available at Walgreens Drug for around $10). Normally, this is where I tell the details about how the wine was made, but there is more to the story than that with this wine. Colby Groom had open heart surgery when he was 8 years old and again when he was nine, his experiences inspired him to become actively involved in the American Heart Association and associated charities. When Colby was 12 he had an idea that he brought to his father, who just happened to be noted winemaker Daryl Grooms (his resume includes: Chief winemaker at Penfolds where he was responsible for producing their famed red blend, the Grange). They (Colby Red, Treasury Wine Estates and Walgreens) put together a wine thats purpose is to raise $100,000 for Heart charities, that figure was met and the new goal is $250,000.
The color is purple with black highlights. The nose is dark berries, a little dark chocolate, a cup of coffee and spearmint chewing gum. This is a very smooth red blend with bright juicy fruit flavors. Blueberry starts things off followed by tart cherry, pomegranate, a little black Twizzlers and some soft Nestle’s Quik powder. The mid palate adds a few flavors from the spice rack along with a touch of citrus. The tannins are soft and the acidity is well balanced. The finish is dark berries and tart cherries and it lingers for a very respectable length of time.
The Colby Red is an extremely tasty, well made bottle of wine, it can offer you an excellent drinking experience, while doing so much more for a very important cause. When you are in Walgreens, this is the $10 wine to buy. If your upcoming Valentine’s Day includes a heart shaped box of candy and a bottle of wine, the Colby Red will totally rock when paired with chocolate.