Planted to: Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337
Soil Type: Pleasanton Loam
Historic Mission olive trees are the namesake of the Olive Block. Gabrielle propagated the trees from the last known original Mission Olive Grove (1797) located near Santa Barbara, California, that she discovered while researching California olive history for her book, The Ultimate Guide to American Olive Oil.
The canes of the vines in the Olive Block are almost double the size of the Apple block, as the alluvial soil is richer with more water retention. Located at the base of Mt Veeder, its soil eroded and created this loam structure. In average rainfall years, no irrigation is required by the vines to remain vigorous. The vines like to carry more fruit and be harvested earlier. It produces a wine that is sensuous and mouth filling.