The winery is located north of the city of Napa in the AVA area of Oakville in California Napa Valley, The then 57 hectare property was bought in 1986 by former real estate agent Jean Phillips. He sold the majority of the vineyards to other wineries and only kept a tiny vineyard with an acre (1 acre is 4,047 m²) that was planted with around 80 Cabernet Sauvignon vines. From specialists in Mondavi Winery he sought advice on the vineyard potential and then hired consultant Richard Peterson. His daughter Heidi Peterson Barrett was the first winmaker. At that time, only 225 crates were produced from the first wine of 1992. By rating with 99 points by Robert M. Parker (Originally "exceptionally impressive") the wine suddenly became known and famous worldwide. At one hosted in the Napa Valley auction At a charity event in 2000, Chase Bailey (former director of the IT company Cisco Systems) paid US $ 500,000 for a six-liter bottle of the first year (at that time there were only two bottles left). So that's it most expensive wine bottle in the world,
In 2006, the estate was acquired by billionaires Charles Banks and Stanley Kroenke (owners of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment). David was made responsible for the vineyards Abreu and Michel as a consultant for winemaking Rolland involved. The first measure was partly restocking. Stanley Kroenke has been the sole owner since 2009 (he is also the owner of the holding company of the English Premier League football club Arsenal). Today, the vineyards cover around 20 hectares of vineyards, with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Cabernet Franc, as well as a small amount Sauvignon Blanc are planted. The red wine is characterized by a remarkable purity and dense, aromatic fullness of fruit. Only about 400 to 750 boxes (5,000 to 9,000 bottles) are produced annually; due to the small amount it is also called Garage wine designated. A 0.75 liter bottle costs an average of around $ 3,000 and can usually only be used subscription (Pre-order) can be purchased.