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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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1999 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-11-2014
Drinking perfectly now!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1998 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-11-2014
So good! If you like old style Bordeax these are for you, and they are exceptionally well-priced. In September 2011: The 1998 Lanessan is a sturdy wine with some mineral undertones and dusty aromas. Decant it and it blossoms. Will cellar a few more years. Serve with cassoulet.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Petit-Village, Pomerol
Review Date: 3-11-2014
*+ 72% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense Asian spice aromas that follow to the palate. Plenty of tannins, but enough fruit to balance them out.

2011 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 2-25-2014
**½ 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. The highest tannin level ever here, but you do not notice it. Stunning wine.

2011 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 2-24-2014
** Lush, with super long finish. Reminiscent of the great 1989.

2011 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 2-24-2014
** Lush, with super long finish. Reminiscent of the great 1989.

2011 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-18-2014
*+ 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Blackberry aromas and flavors. Very good balance and sweet flavors on the palate. Lovely. Trey: Bright red fruits. A leaner style, but very pretty. Elegant.

2011 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
Review Date: 2-18-2014
* Dark, roasted chewy fruit lingering at the back of the palate. A bit tannic and rough as well. Quite nice.

2012 Kalinda Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 2-13-2014
It took Alex and I three months and 60 samples to finally find a great-tasting Sauvignon Blanc for our Kalinda label. It came from one of our favorite regions in California: the Santa Ynez Valley, more specifically Los Olivos. This wine is so delicious right now. Don’t over-chill it or you’ll miss this wine’s wonderful, fruity melon aromas mixed with citrus and white flowers. While the wine is medium-bodied, it has great acidity that brings it all into harmony. Rich on the entry with the fine acidity at the back end. Fruity and melony, yes, but in fine balance with lime and mineral undertones. Some sole, or crab or even lobster matches this well, and it will be great as a poolside sipper, too. And with the way our California weather has been, you might even be sitting poolside right now.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Rouget, Pomerol
Review Date: 2-3-2014
*+ Another success here. The wines of Pomerol are the hits of the 2011 reds. This wine is spicy and racy. Delicious.

2011 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 1-20-2014
V Big wine. Tons of tannin.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 1-7-2014
*V Fresh and forward. Full of red fruit and licorice. Superb.

2010 de Gironville, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 12-23-2013
Near Paloumey and Macau. Smoky, toasty aromas and bacon nuances on the palate. Quite sexy. Could be a good value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2012 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-17-2013
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A delicious, easy to drink spicy Chardonnay. Some toasty, apply oak on the nose and palate. Rich style but fine acidity and lingering finish.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (1.5L)
Review Date: 12-12-2013
*1/2V This was our first visit to this beautiful property, which sits below Canon on the hill. 2,000 cases. Pure fruit with mineral undertones. Could be a sleeper.

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