VineLines Dispatch: September to remember on Red Mountain

By on September 27, 2020
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Harvest from Red Mountain’s Quintessence Vineyard on Sept. 4 means future award-winning wine from the 2020 vintage. (Richard Duval Images)

Despite the smoke and the pandemic, harvest is in full swing throughout the Great Northwest Wine region.

Resident photojournalist Richard Duval is on the road to capture harvest and crush activities for a series of photo essays on the progress of the season. Initially, he’ll focus on Washington; as travel conditions allow, he’ll venture into Oregon and Idaho as well.

Let us know what you’re picking or pressing at info@greatnorthwest.com – he’ll do his level best to get to you.

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Brian Rudin, winemaker for Canvasback – the Duckhorn Wine Co. brand in Walla Walla – examples grapes on Sept. 10, 2020 at Red Heaven Vineyard. (Richard Duval Images)
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Brian Rudin, winemaker for Canvasback, samples grapes on Sept. 10, 2020 at Red Heaven Vineyard. (Richard Duval Images)
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Canvasback winemaker Brian Rudin points out a feature at Red Heaven Vineyard to Fortuity Cellars winemaker Alexis Sells, a former Duckhorn Wine Co., enologist. (Richard Duval Images)
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Fortuity Cellars winemaker Alexis Sells samples Red Heaven Vineyard grapes on Sept. 10, 2020. (Richard Duval Images)
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Red Heaven Vineyard grapes are destined for Canvasback, a young brand in Washington state owned by California’s Duckhorn Wine Co. (Richard Duval Images)
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Brian Rudin, winemaker for the Canvasback project owned by Napa icon Duckhorn, examines Syrah grapes harvested Sept. 10, 2020 from Red Heaven Vineyard on Red Mountain. (Richard Duval Images)
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Grape samples from Red Heaven Vineyard on Red Mountain are bagged and ready for analysis on Sept. 10, 2020. (Richard Duval Images)
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Tractors are lined up on Red Mountain’s Quintessence Vineyard on Sept. 4, 2020. (Richard Duval Images)
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Bins of blue fruit off young vines at Red Mountain’s Quintessence Vineyard on Sept. 4 are on their way to Charlie Hoppes’s Wine Boss vinification facility in nearby Richland, Wash. (Richard Duval Images)
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Malbec is harvested Sept. 10, 2020 at Scooteney Flats Vineyard on Red Mountain. (Richard Duval Images)
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A bin overflows with Red Mountain fruit at Hightower Cellars on Sept. 4, 2020. (Richard Duval Images)
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Co-owner/winemaker Kelly Hightower examines fruit on the Hightower Cellars crush pad on Sept. 4, 2020. (Richard Duval Images)
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Maureen O’Callaghan, a viticulturist for Shaw Vineyards, inspects Quintessence Vineyard fruit Sept. 4, 2020 on Red Mountain. (Richard Duval Images)
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Clusters of grapes hang on young vines Sept. 10, 2020 at Frichette Winery on Red Mountain. (Richard Duval Images)
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Empty bins will soon be filled at Red Mountain’s Quintessence Vineyard on Sept. 4, 2020. (Richard Duval Images)

About Richard Duval

Contributing wine photojournalist Richard Duval captures vivid wine imagery for Great Northwest Wine, Wine Press Northwest and other regional and national wine media. His images are found in wine marketing guides throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho and used by a growing number of wineries in the Pacific Northwest. From his studio in Woodinville, Wash., Richard creates bottle shots and captures the occasional portrait of wine personalities. His “Art from the Vine” fine art exhibit has been displayed in restaurants, hotels, wineries and wine centers throughout the region. He markets wine work, which includes a line of personal greeting cards, online via WinePix — http://www.winepix.net.

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