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Wine Spectator: Jackson Family Buys California Pinot Star Brewer-Clifton

May 19, 2017

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, California. 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’ve long been impressed with the purity and intensity of these wines,” said Jackson Family chairman Barbara Banke. “Brewer-Clifton strengthens our portfolio of singular, site-specific Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while complementing our offerings from the nearby Santa Maria Valley.”

The sale builds on Jackson Family’s growing range of Pinot Noir brands in the Pacific Northwest and California. It launched a major buying spree in 2015 by snapping up Pinot powerhouse Siduri. The following year, the company turned to Oregon, where it now owns three vineyard properties and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. Also last year, Jackson expanded its California lineup with Sonoma’s Copain. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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