In 1980, the same year Ronald Reagan came to
power and JR was shot in 'Dallas', with no money to buy vineyards
and seeing no reason to, Tony Cartlidge started his winery in an
undistinguished Napa Valley garage.
Possibly the original Californian 'garagiste' he set out to
source the best possible grapes to handcraft his wines in this
unassuming home. Nearly 40 years later, still sourcing from
vineyards as wide ranging as Sonoma to the Sierra foothills,
continuing to produce high quality wines, Cartlidge & Browne
has become a byword for varietally pure Californian wines, whilst
sticking to their garagiste roots of taking a different path.
Robert Parker: 'The question that begs to be answered is why
so many producers ignore what Cartlidge and Browne does better than
just about anybody else in the state - produce fruit forward, pure,
varietally correct, delicious wines.'