Colby Red: The Wine That’s Winning Hearts

Colby’s Mission: To raise research dollars from the sale of each bottle of Colby Red by supporting charities that promote heart health. 

Colby Groom was born with a congenital heart disease and was still an infant when doctors detected his heart murmur. By the time he reached his 10th birthday, Colby, now 20, had already undergone two open-heart surgeries to repair a faulty valve. It was this experience that inspired him to launch Colby Red wine with his father, eight-time Winemaker of the Year Daryl Groom. Together, they’ve raised close to $1.5 million for heart charities with the hope of preventing other children from having to go through what Colby endured. 

With its deep crimson color, the 2016 Colby Red is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah. Oak aging results in a slightly toasty, smooth finish of vanillin character. Bold flavors of red berry dance alongside hints of clove, complementing a rich mouthfeel of well-integrated tannins.  

The aromas from the glass are generous with ripe red cherries, raspberries and star anise. “This is a unique and generous red wine, just as Colby is a unique and generous child. I blend five different grape varieties to make a red that is juicy and velvety smooth, with rich fruit flavors and a soft finish,” says winemaker Daryl. 

According to studies by the Children’s Heart Foundation, most people are unaware that congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects in America and affect approximately one in 100 newborns each year. Sadly, 20 percent of children with heart defects will not survive past their first birthday. 

Colby’s story may pull at your heart strings and compel you to purchase your first bottle, but it’s the  flavorful California Cuvee that will result in another bottle making its way into your home.

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