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Staff Favorites - 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.
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2004 Reignac, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 1-26-2011
A real Bordeaux value from a well known property. Earthy aromas and plenty of cassis fruit on the nose. Typical 2004 style-classic Bordeaux with fine structure. Wine should be decanted one hour to develop and soften. Where can you get good drinking/ageing Bordeaux for such a low price. This wine won a famous blind tasting in China last year against some top name Bordeaux including two first growths. -Clyde Beffa
Drink from 2011 to 2016
2005 Chantegrive, Graves
Review Date: 8-21-2009
Soft and elegant wine with mineral undertones-a 2005 wine you can enjoy now with decanting-delicious.
1999 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 5-4-2009
I really like 1999 Pauillacs, they’re much better balanced than 1998 and sweeter on the palate. This is a great price for a fabulous wine.
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