The Pool Block is a 1.5 acre vineyard located at the northwestern end of the property adjacent to the Heitz ranch. The block was planted to Petit Sirah when we arrived in 1955 -- five ancient Petit Sirah vines still grow at the eastern, uphill edge of the vineyard. Unfenced, most of the vines in the block were nibbled to death by deer within a decade. More recently, we fenced the area -- which includes the original house site -- and in 1997 replanted the field to Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 8 on 110-R rootstock). Lying at approximately 600 to 650 feet of elevation, The Pool Block faces west across the Napa Valley – the view is roughly along Zinfandel Lane. The soils are primarily vocanic Rhyolite. The boundary of the St. Helena AVA is a few hundred yards down the hill from the Pool Block at the 300 foot elevation contour line.