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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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2001 Labegorce, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-11-2014
A bit more forward and elegant than the 2000.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2000 Labegorce, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-11-2014
Right from the property, this wine has the finesse of the Margaux commune with the strength of the vintage. Tons of red berry flavors. Decant and enjoy with a steak dinner.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2004 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-11-2014
When young, the wines of Lanessan are typically a deep, intense ruby color, with an elegant nose and fruity, floral aromas. On the palate, the structure is complex and dense, melting away harmoniously to a good, long finish. When they are older, the wines take on a terracotta tint and the nose becomes increasingly complex, with plum, then undergrowth aromas. The flavors are smooth, warm and perfectly harmonious, ending with silk tannins. The 2004 is classic Bordeaux style.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-11-2014
When young, the wines of Lanessan are typically a deep, intense ruby color, with an elegant nose and fruity, floral aromas. On the palate, the structure is complex and dense, melting away harmoniously to a good, long finish. When they are older, the wines take on a terracotta tint and the nose becomes increasingly complex, with plum, then undergrowth aromas. The flavors are smooth, warm and perfectly harmonious, ending with silk tannins. The 2003 is that warm, round style.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2005 L'Evangile, Pomerol
Review Date: 3-4-2014
Big, tannic and reserved, but underneath there is fantastic fruit lurking. Slightly extracted, but the wine can handle it. Well balanced. This will last a long time. **

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.

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

2004 Malmaison, Moulis
Review Date: 1-13-2014
One of the best values for ready-to-drink Bordeaux. Plenty of richness and a classic Bordeaux style for very little money. Best to drink in next five years.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2009 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 12-16-2013
*½+V Sweet fruit and forward on the palate. Better at property where it showed a blackish color and bright red currant fruit flavors. Super-rounded tannins engulfed by superb fruit. Long and lovely. This is a super wine, as usual.

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.

2011 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 7-23-2013
*V Exotic and spicy. A very lush wine. Sleeper?

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