Also recommended: 2004 Matilda Plains Sauvignon Blanc Langhorne Creek (86).
Other wines tasted: 2005 Matilda Plains Cabernet/Shiraz Langhorne Creek*. (The Ravensvale Group, Naples, FL)
($22) Dark purple. Spicy dark berry and kirsch aromas are deepened by printer's ink, tar and roasted coffee accents. Concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors are firmed by bright acidity and fine-grained tannins, with a jolt of cherry-cola on the back. Impressively lively for such depth and power, finishing with bright, youthful blackberry and blackcurrant flavors and excellent persistence. I wish that Bremerton's high-ticket shiraz had the energy of this bottling.
($50) Ruby-red. Toasty vanillin oak-accented cherry and plum preserves on the nose, with suggestions of chocolate and roasted coffee. Lush and creamy, with weighty, liqueur-like cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. A late lift of minerals saves this from teetering into syrupy. Finishes on a sweet dark berry note, with good length.