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Clyde Beffa Jr.
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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.


Reviews

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2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion
Review Date: 5-5-2014
**V This property is on a roll. A must-buy 2011.

2011 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 5-5-2014
½*V Boysenberry fruit and a good middle.

2011 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*+ Vibrant red fruits, spicy and delicious. This property is right on.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 5-5-2014
*½ Great nose. So fruity. A fabulous wine.

2011 Bourgneuf, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
* Asian spice and blackberry aromas. A racy and sexy wine, quite lovely.

2011 Beychevelle, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
½* Smooth and elegant. On the light side. Nice sweetness.

2011 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 5-5-2014
½* Fine richness on palate. Should be fine. Good effort for the vintage.

2012 Labégorce, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
*V Another great value from a château to watch. Pure and elegant. Classic Margaux. Lovely. Sleeper.

2012 Poujeaux, Moulis Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
*V Another sleeper. Great upfront fruit. I always love this. Buy it. 91-93 points WE, 88-91 points WS.

2012 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
**½+ Only 34% of Margaux’s production went into this first wine, no wonder it’s so good. Violets on the nose, very floral. Very elegant mouthfeel, but the tannins are there in the background. First Growth all the way.

2012 Margaux, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
**½+ Only 34% of Margaux’s production went into this first wine, no wonder it’s so good. Violets on the nose, very floral. Very elegant mouthfeel, but the tannins are there in the background. First Growth all the way.

2011 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 4-29-2014
*½ Seamless, delicious wine. Drink it now; it's very good and peppery. Outstanding.

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-25-2014
Another great, delicious drinking Chardonnay from a very famous winery. On the richer side of the spectrum but not overdone. Toasty vanilla oak aromas mix with apples and a touch of spice. Fairly full-bodied, this has a rich mouthfeel and balancing acid at the back end. Easy to drink right now and will cellar well for a couple of years. Swordfish would go well with it, but the wine could also handle a famous Sam's Chowder House lobster roll.
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2012 Back Nine Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Our first Cabernet from the fantastic 2012 vintage. This venerable Napa winery is in the heart of Cabernet country. Cassis and red fruit aromas mix with some oak and licorice. So smooth on the palate, it tastes great now, but will age well for 10-plus years. Like the 2009 Bordeaux, this wine has so much fruit, it masks the ample, round tannins. Long, lingering finish. A vibrant wine to serve with a rack of lamb or veal chop.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

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2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 4-14-2014
*½ Great nose. So fruity. A fabulous wine.

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