Partners Tony Cartlidge and Glenn Browne founded the winery in 1980 in St. Helena in the Napa Valley. today, the three partners are Tony Cartlidge, Paul Moser and Bob Babbe. The winery is based in a large facility in American Canyon at the southern end of the Napa Valley. The winery's moto is, "Please stick your nose in our business."
Paul Moser, who worked in Burgundy and the Loire for many years, is the winemaker. The wines have a California appellation label. The winery's Pinot Noir is sourced from 17 different California AVAs!