Dark and rich, this bottling is redolent of kirsch, crème de cassis, star anise and cola. The palate is framed by leathery tannins and pinpoint-like acidity that carry through to the finish, offering cola, dried black cherry and licorice flavors. A harbinger of Malibu's potential.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.