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Steve Bearden
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I’m the Bordeaux liason for the San Francisco store, starting my run there around 2000. Over the years I've gained a great respect for subtlety, finesse, elegance and terroir, or a sense of place, that I believe all great wine should have. I enjoy practically anything and everything but mostly French and Italian with heavy emphasis on Rhône and Bordeaux. Be adventurous. There is tremendous diversity in regions, varieties and styles, so don’t let your palate get pigeon-holed.


Reviews

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Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-29-2009
Chardonnay from Brouillet makes a richer, creamier style of Blanc de Blanc than other areas of Champagne. This is an easy to like style that is perfect for less formal occasions like New Year's eve toasts and quiet sipping during parties. This generous, rich bubbly is an amazing deal to direct buy pricing.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-1-2009
When I'm drinking Cabernet if it's not Bordeaux it's usually from the Spring Mountain District of Napa. Keenan is a super-high quality producer making beautifully structured wines that have tons of up front fruit and a wonderful sense of balance. This has sweet dark fruit, a creamy, polished texture and super-fine, ripe tannins supporting the long finish. This wine can hold its own against classified growth Bordeaux that cost twice as much. A rare bargain from an area known for expensive wines.

2005 Haut-Brisson La Reserve, St-Emilion
Review Date: 7-15-2009
This voluptuous 2005 has explosive aromas of fruit, flowers, damp earth and toast that are complex and alluring. Deep purple and velvety textured with an array of black fruit flavors that seamlessly fan out, ending with velvety tannins and a super-long finish. Although not "old school" by any stretch, this is toasty, rich, absolutely stunning and way too easy to like.
Drink from 2009 to 2019
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2005 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 3-11-2009
The #4 wine on Spectator’s Top 100 with good reason. This is rich and complex, showing tropical fruit, spice, honey, citrus oils and more. Creamy, smooth and sweet, but not at all heavy, this maintains a sense of balance and freshness despite huge flavors.

2005 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 3-11-2009
Barrel tasting the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux two years ago, this was an absolute standout in an ocean of outstanding wines. Re-tasting it the other day confirmed that it has explosive aromas of crushed flowers, blackberry fruit, mocha and violets. The body is thick and powerful, yet elegant, with deep, ripe, dark fruit, tobacco and powerful yet very ripe tannin. Truly an aristocratic wine.

2004 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 5-20-2008
Robert Parker calls this the “quintessential expression of finesse, power, and terroir” and I couldn’t agree more. This is powerful for the vintage, but wonderfully balanced and perfumed with flowers, black fruits and a touch of licorice. Decant now or cellar.

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