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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 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 BC 0

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 4-21-2014
*V Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 4-14-2014
*V Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 4-3-2014
94 points. Drink this while you're waiting for your 2009 and 2010 to age.

1991 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-11-2014
The best of the 1991s. This vintage was fabulous along the Gironde, with no frost to speak of.
Price: $699.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

1991 Palmer, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-11-2014
One of the greatest wines from the most underrated vintage of the century in Bordeaux.
Price: $449.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

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.

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1997 Labegorce, Margaux (1.5L) ($59.99)