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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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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

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.

2001 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-28-2013
This wine is superbly elegant like many of the 2001 Bordeaux. Sweet with no hard edges. A must try.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2011 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-23-2013
**+ 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Inky.

2011 Montrose, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-21-2013
** 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. I love this. Elegant red currant and cassis aromas. Very spicy wine. Lovely palate entry. Quite tannic back end. Ager.

2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 4-29-2013
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The high proportion of Petit Verdot really lifts this wine. Tons of black licorice on the nose and palate. Lush wine, but it has good grip. Fresh and vibrant. I love this wine-it is so pure and seamless.

2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 4-23-2013
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Probably the best I’ve tasted from Anthony and I have been tasting his wines since 1973. Tons of fruit masks the high tannin levels-will age for a very long time. 95 points!

2005 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 4-15-2013
One of the great wines of the vintage. Very deep and concentrated. A little clove and cinnamon on the nose and on the palate. Very mouth-coating. An older school wine with great balance. Broad, fantastic wine. Will last a long time. Fabulous buy. **1/2

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