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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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2009 Trapaud, St-Emilion
Review Date: 3-10-2015
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A delicious value Bordeaux from the great vintage of 2009. Blackberry aromas and flavors. Enjoy now with a hamburger.
Drink from 2015 to 2019
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-10-2015
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Massive wine that will age gracefully for 30 more years. Packed with cedar oak and pencil shaving aromas. Cabernet at its best, but if you drink it soon, decant for 2 hours.
Drink from 2020 to 2050

1963 Warre's Vintage Port
Review Date: 3-10-2015
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1963 is the best vintage for Port in the last 52 years. The Warre is sweet and delicious right now. Make sure to decant before serving.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2011 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 3-10-2015
Guiraud is our biggest selling Sauternes-by far. The 2011 is as good as the great 2001 and 2005. perfect balance of flavors with some citric notes as well as coconut flavors. Will age well for many years.
Drink from 2016 to 2036

2001 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 2-18-2015
Reserved nose with some sage nuances. Sweet and dense on the palate. Not as big as Latour or Lafite, but very pure with finesse and elegance. Great Petit Verdot this year that was picked before the Cabernet. Lovely wine in the classic Margaux style. I have had this wine three times in last year. Perfect everytime-so elegant-violets and silk. I have it in my cellar. -Clyde
Drink from 2020 to 2040

2005 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 2-13-2015
Barrel Tasting notes - Nice entry. Good richness. In balance. Very nice. *1/2

2013 Bethel Heights/K&L Wine Merchants Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-8-2014
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A little more reserved and should age well in the cellar. If drinking now decant one hour and serve with lamb shanks or cassoulet.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-8-2014
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Solid and well-balanced--a bit of toasty vanilla oak aromas that follow to palate. Quite good Edna Valley Chard—has more acidity than the usual overdone Edna Valley plonk. This is a crowd pleaser.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-3-2014
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Nice strawberry and brambly aromas--quite forward and plenty of ripe berry fruit on the palate. Round tannins--ready now and should last several years in a cellar. Smooth and seamless. Excellent balance. Try with a veal roast. Value.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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 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.

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