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Harris Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lakeview 2003

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Many of the older properties in Napa Valley have had layers of history some dating back to Spanish land grants. Prior to the Spanish, this land was the home of Wappo Indians who traded obsidian for arrowheads to neighboring Pomo Indians. In Calistoga, Schramsburg caves were hand chiseled by Chinese immigrant workers. Chateau Montelena is a wonderful example of 1800’s winery construction. There... Read more
Many of the older properties in Napa Valley have had layers of history some dating back to Spanish land grants. Prior to the Spanish, this land was the home of Wappo Indians who traded obsidian for arrowheads to neighboring Pomo Indians. In Calistoga, Schramsburg caves were hand chiseled by Chinese immigrant workers. Chateau Montelena is a wonderful example of 1800’s winery construction. There are records dating back to the early 1800s for our property. There is a natural spring on the property that became the source of riparian water rights for multiple properties in Calistoga. From what we know the original property was a farm of 100 acres which had a few owners and was eventually purchased in the 1950’s and became a private boys school. The school flourished in the 70s and 80’s having built a 3000 sq ft dormitory, a main school building with cafeteria, administration building, a head masters’ house and an original 1880 Victorian from down town Calistoga. A fire, divorce and lack of students resulted in closing of the school in the early 90’s. Michael Grgich purchased 52 acres of cleared land and then we came along in 1997. We had found the property on the internet, by which time the boys school had fallen into disrepair. We made an offer, prayed we would get it and then “oh no!” we got it. Everything needed repair especially the water system encased not in pvc or iron pipe, but some obscure polyethylene rubber that produced ongoing leaks that would drain our holding tank leaving us without water till fixed. We called it a project. Our friends called us crazy. “You must be out of your mind” the guys told me. “You’re so brave” Treva’s girl friends sympathized. Read less

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05/18/2009

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