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CREEK BLOCK

Planted to: Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 11 & 7 Rootstock 10114
Soil Type: Riverwash

creek block

Dry Creek winds around this block and still floods about every 10 years. Since the vines are dormant during the rainy season, this does not impact them. But it is a big cleanup job! As a teen, Preston O’Connell dug a 15’ deep trench to build a fort in the middle of what was then a field of grass and wild flowers. He uncovered a finely structured layer cake of alternating 1-3” deep layers of loam, sand and gravel. The history of the soil determined the clones and rootstock ideally suited to these conditions and subsequent vineyard management practices.

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