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The Pool Block

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 Petit Sirah when we arrived in 1955 -- six of the original 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.