Zinfandel | Edon Knoll Vineyards, Talmage Bench

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Old Vine Zinfandel from a vineyard planted in 1927. The vines are old – the good of that is concentrated flavors from low production. The bad for the vineyard is that plants produce less and less with time (less than 3 tons per acre.) If you want to make a big Zin or are thinking Port this would be a great place to start, but you don’t have to make a big wine. You can always add water back and readjust your acid. Talmage is an area in Medocino County located off California’s Redwood Highway. If you google it you can see that is located not far from some of the famous Redwood Forests. This vineyard gets hot in the mid-summer days but still very cool at night. A perfect recipe for high sugars and high acid. The high acid, the counterbalance to the sweet. We are no longer harvesting these grapes so the availability listed in our current inventory is your last change to work with this beautiful fruit.


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Zinfandel, Edon Knoll Product Variation, CA

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Frozen Black Grapes  Are sold as destemmed grapes. Yields are estimates and vary depending on the vintage, varietal and the winemaker’s pressing and racking style. All grapes listed under current inventory are frozen.

  • Pails contain 5 gallons of grapes, yielding approximately 2.5 – 3.5 gallons of finished wine.
  • Drums contain 425 pounds of grapes, yielding approximately 30 gallons of finished wine.
  • Delivery:
    • Pails can be shipped via FedEx, LTL or picked up at the freezer. We cannot FedEx drums.
    • FedEx Shipping – Orders from CA and OR ship at the same rate. If shipping to the Midwest or East Coast, select pails from PA for the best rate.

2019 Harvest Pre-order will launch in July. Pre-order is required on all fresh grape sales and recommended for frozen grapes to guarantee availability. For orders of a ton or more, please contact us now.

Fresh Black Grapes are sold by the pound as whole bunches with stems at harvest, (Typically September through October). Fresh Grapes cannot be shipped.

  • The minimum order for fresh grapes is 100 pounds. Special pricing is available for bulk orders over 2,000 pounds.
  • Fresh grapes are sold net, without containers and must be picked up at the processing site at harvest.
    • California grapes are processed in Petaluma, CA.
    • Oregon and Washington grapes are processed in Underwood WA, (1 hr. east of Portland, OR).
  • Destemming – Please request when you place your order. The destemming cost is 10 cents per pound. Stem weight is calculated at 6%. For example, 100 pounds of fresh grapes will yield 94 pounds of destemmed grapes.

About Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards. It originated in Croatia as Crljenak Kaštelanski. The Primitivo variety was introduced  in Puglia Italy in the 18th century. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, and called Zinfandel.

The grapes typically produce a robust red wine. The taste of the red wine depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas.