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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 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.