Quick Review: Colby Red 2012 from California

Colby Red 2012

Colby Red 2012

How many people know someone that has been affected by heart problems?  My guess is 100% of you.  The heart is a very important muscle in the body and one that needs special care. To this effect the wine, Colby Red, was produced to support charities promoting heart health.

Colby Red came about due to the sickness of Colby Groom.  Just prior to Colby’s 10th birthday he underwent back to back open heart surgeries. He is now a seasoned volunteer with the American Heart Association and was inspired to raise money for heart research through creating a wine with his Dad, winemaker Daryl Groom, thus Colby Red was born. To date, the sales of Colby Red has raised $530,000 of funds, with a goal of Colby to reach $1,000,000 and beyond.

Colby, and the wine are from California.  Colby Red is a California blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Merlot and Petite Sirah. The one comes in at 13.9% alcohol.  It is deep ruby in colour.  Youthful aromas of licorice, dark, ripe fruit, plums, black cherries, a hint of flowers and some meatiness.  With a bit of air, the meatiness is reduced, replaced by raspberries.  It is off-dry on the palate with medium body, tannins, and acidity.  Quite flowery, with roses primarily, that builds throughout your sip of the wine.  Together with the roses, you get vanilla, sweet, dark fruit, candied fruit, raspberries, blackberries, and a hint of mocha.  It is soft, with a lighter mouth feel.  The tannins are quite soft throughout, and I did get a hint of minerality on the finish, together with some mouth watering acidity, and some sweetness.  You can purchase Colby Red at BC liquor stores at a price of $17.99.

Rating: 3 Stars An everyday drinking red, that is good for your heart, and supports heart health charities.

The Back Label

Colby Red back label

Colby Red back label

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.