K&L Email Alerts
Sign up to receive custom alerts, new arrivals and the latest happenings from K&L Wines
Staff Favorites - Steve Bearden
Steve Bearden | Send Email | Subscribe to My Sommelier Service
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.
|Page: prev 1 2 3|
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.
2006 Clarke, Listrac
Review Date: 2-20-2009
At the recent U.G.C. event the 2006 Chateau Clarke stood out for seeming to be almost as big and rich as the 2005 version. This is a rich, modern style wine that still maintains plenty of depth and structure while showing no traces of rusticity. There is plenty of sweet, ripe red fruit, a creamy middle and a long chalk-laced finish in this structured and delicious bargain. At $21.99 this might be THE value of the vintage.
2005 Chantegrive, Graves
Review Date: 7-15-2008
Gravelly, earthy and rocky aromas rise from this ripe and fresh wine. This is complex, smooth and supple with plenty of sweet, black fruit and a long, toasty finish where the fine tannins kick in. This is balanced, ripe and absolutely lovely for drinking now, though it would be a shame not to cellar some.
|Page: prev 1 2 3|