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Exclusive: Jackson Family Buys California Pinot Star Brewer-Clifton

May 19, 2017

(WineSpectator) - The Kendall-Jackson owner adds boutique Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brand to its expanding portfolio.

Wine Spectator has learned that Jackson Family Wines is acquiring Brewer-Clifton, one of Sta. Rita Hills' top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers; the winery's 2012 Pinot Noir earned the No. 8 spot on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014. Brewer-Clifton is the third Pinot Noir–based winery Jackson Family has purchased in the span of a year. The deal includes Brewer-Clifton's second brand, Diatom, 60 acres of estate vineyards and a long-term lease on a winery and tasting room in Lompoc, Calif. Founder Greg Brewer has sold his shares in the company but will remain at the helm and continue to make the wines. The sale price was not disclosed.

"I couldn't be happier with this evolution as it relates to myself personally, Brewer-Clifton and the appellation as a whole," Brewer told Wine Spectator. Brewer calls it an ideal fit, preferring to work for others while remaining involved in the winery that he built over 20 years. "I'm in it full tilt; I've never been more committed to the project."

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