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Had K&L co-owner and main wine buyer Clyde Beffa Jr. not read an article about the gentlemanly hobby of wine collecting in the February 1971 issue of Playboy, he might still be weighing the merits of Holsteins versus Jerseys instead of Château Margaux or Haut-Bailly. Beffa owned a dairy in Tracy, California, from 1967-1973, leaving the the business to co-found K&L Liquors, as it was known back then, in 1976. Clyde started traveling to Europe in 1982 and over the years, he has worked hard to build K&L into one of the nation's go-to sources for the world's diverse wines, developing relationships with winemakers and châteaux owners the world over. Clyde's passion is surely Bordeaux, especially the fabulous wines from Pauillac and St-Julien (like Pichon-Lalande and Léoville-Barton). When he's not drinking France's legendary reds, you'll likely find Clyde indulging in Sauvignon Blanc. A fan of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and white Bordeaux, he'll also tuck into a bottle of Kiwi Sauv Blanc if there's no corkscrew around. These days you'll likely find Clyde extolling the virtues of underrated Bordeaux vintages like 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2006, or playing with his German Shepherd Sadie. Or you may see him in his vegetable garden and, once in a great while, on the golf course.


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2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 7-17-2014
* Big wine. Powerful and full-bodied. This wine will need some years in the cellar, but it should be great.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-24-2014
*V This property makes the best value wine every year. Black fruit flavors and great balance. Sleeper of the vintage.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (3L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-24-2014
*V This property makes the best value wine every year. Black fruit flavors and great balance. Sleeper of the vintage.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-24-2014
*V This property makes the best value wine every year. Black fruit flavors and great balance. Sleeper of the vintage.

2012 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-13-2014
*+ Sweet and lovely. So pure. Sweet edge of red fruits. Tannins at the back end.

2012 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-19-2014
Barrel taste: * La Lagune keeps making great wines. Red fruit flavors. Sweet core. Quite good.

2012 Gazin, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-8-2014
* Black color. Powerful wine with good grip. An ager.

2012 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-8-2014
**+ Wow! One of the best wines I tasted from 2012. 60% Cab and 40% Merlot. Silky wine with mineral undertones. The finish goes on and on. A must-buy at this low price.

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**+ Ho hum, another great Pontet- Canet. We’re not surprised at all. Meaty and thick on the palate. Layers of sweet fruit. Lovely texture. Buy it.

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**+ Ho hum, another great Pontet- Canet. We’re not surprised at all. Meaty and thick on the palate. Layers of sweet fruit. Lovely texture. Buy it.

2011 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*½ Intense, minerally wine. Very fine. At the property: Creamy yet mineral-driven, with hints of vanilla and spice. Crisp finish. Very nice.

2011 Magdelaine, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
* Very structured wine with gobs of spice and blackberries.

2011 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*½+ 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot. From small Cabernet grapes and huge Merlot grapes, the resulting wine is quite big and tannic. Will be great.

2011 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*½+ Red currant and cassis aromas. Very rich and deep, with lots of power. Focused, intense. A bit more closed than the Pauillac de Latour. Firm tannins.

2011 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*½+ Red currant and cassis aromas. Very rich and deep, with lots of power. Focused, intense. A bit more closed than the Pauillac de Latour. Firm tannins.

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