2009 Perfect Season offers an elegant nose of dark red fruits, floral aromas, light caramel and a hint of dusty chocolate. At first blush, Perfect Season is shy but inviting. There’s a beautiful sweetness on the palate where the flavors broaden to include black cherries, crushed blue fruits, a pleasing amount of forest floor and light espresso roast. It’s luxuriously silky texture is a Philippe-signature, and the lasting finish is a sign of a well-made wine that should age gracefully for many years.
Wine Maker Notes
The grapes that go into each bottle of Perfect Season are meticulously grown and cultivated to the exacting standards of our winemaking and viticultural teams. At harvest, grape clusters are picked by hand and placed in small micro-bins to prevent skins from rupturing. In the winery, whole clusters are first sorted, removing any damaged or imperfect ones, and gently crushed and de-stemmed. The resulting individual berries are then hand-sorted again before fermentation. In essence, each berry used to create Perfect Season has been personally selected by our team.
The works of Thomas Moran have inspired the human spirit and captured imaginations for over 150 years. Although best known as one of the premiere painters of Western landscapes, he created equally accomplished paintings of Mexico, Italy, and varied seascapes. His depictions of the Western United States were often America’s first look at the remote lands that later became preserved as national parks. Indeed, Moran’s illustrations and watercolors painted during Ferdinand Hayden’s famous 1871 Geological Survey Expedition to “the Yellow Stone Territory” were instrumental in the creation of Yellowstone National Park. Fittingly, Mount Moran in neighboring Grand Teton National Park serves to honor his pioneering character.Moran’s work shown on the Perfect Season label known as “Moonlight in the Canon” is one of the most treasured paintings in Norma and Lamar’s collection. It was painted during Moran’s travels to Mexico in the 1880s to conduct a field study of an area surrounding the silver mine near Maravatio. The artist created intricate layers of transparent glazes to capture the luminous quality of the moonscape. The painting was selected to portray the importance of the moon’s influence on seasons and viniculture.