Staff Favorites - Steve Bearden

Steve Bearden
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I’m the Bordeaux liason for the San Francisco store, starting my run there around 2000. Over the years I've gained a great respect for subtlety, finesse, elegance and terroir, or a sense of place, that I believe all great wine should have. I enjoy practically anything and everything but mostly French and Italian with heavy emphasis on Rhône and Bordeaux. Be adventurous. There is tremendous diversity in regions, varieties and styles, so don’t let your palate get pigeon-holed.


Reviews

  
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2016 Coutet, Sauternes
Review Date: 04-29-2017
Tasted at the Sauternes U.G.C. at Chateau La Lagune. This has plenty of tropical as well as stone fruit flavors along with mandarin and crushed citrus. Tasted alongside its peers this showed a freshness and lift that made it stand out and in addition to the complexity the finish is oh so clean.

2016 Climens, Barsac
Review Date: 04-29-2017
The " d'Yquem of Barsac" was able to harvest under ideal conditions and may well produce the wine of the vintage. The final wine had yet to be assembled when we visited the first week in April but after tasting close to a dozen separate barrels the quality is obvious. Sample after sample showed a saline quality with aromas and flavors of acacia, honey chamomile, lavender, spice, limestone and bright fresh tropical fruit. This will be stunning.

2016 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes
Review Date: 04-29-2017
Tasted the first week in April this seemed cleaner and more precise than many of its peers with an acid freshness that lifts the finish. The tropical flavors are intense more than flamboyant and there is a linear quality that speaks of great potential.

2014 Deyrem Valentin, Margaux
Review Date: 04-27-2017
Here is an elegant value from an appellation not known for bargains. This fresh, clean and aromatic wine is red fruited and has a fine, persistent finish.

2015 Domaine de Begrolles Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine sur Lie
Review Date: 04-27-2017
None of us drink enough Muscadet. This is lively, fresh and has a saline finish that quenches your thirst like nothing else. This affordable bottle is perfect for washing down all sorts of fare but especially light cheeses and shellfish. it is also a perfect party sipper.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2016 Clarke (Baron de Rothschild), Listrac
Review Date: 04-27-2017
The Rothschilds of Lafite have been continually improving this property since 1973 and the quality has soared. This is tight, clean, dark and sweet with classy lines and good intensity. By the time this is released it should have "plumped up' and be its usual hearty and chewy self but I suspect this will always one of the raciest wines from this property.

2016 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 04-26-2017
This is more lifted and fresher than usual for this property with lively red fruit flavors along side the more expected chocolate and mocha. The middle is deep and rich with a creamy texture that runs straight into the big, grainy tannins on the powerful finish. This is a lot of wine for the money very much in the Angelus style.

2016 Mauvesin Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 04-26-2017
The folks at Leoville Barton are doing great things at this property. There is a hard candy brightness to the crisp red fruited entry in this surprisingly forward gem. The finish really tightens up with a firm tannic grip but overall there is more freshness than rusticity. By the time this is released it should have mellowed into a beauty.

2016 Clos de Bouard, Montagne St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-25-2017
This new venture from the folks at Chateau Angelus would put many Grand Cru Saint-Emilions to shame. This dark wine is rich and sweet with cocoa, black raspberry and dark cherry fruit and a powerful tannic strike on the finish. Lots of bang for the buck here.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Haut-Brisson, St-Émilion
Review Date: 04-25-2017
One of the great bargains for the appellation and a killer wine in its own right. This is dark and serious with layers of sweet blueberry fruit, limestone shadings and gravely grip on the finish, A complete and easy to like wine.

2016 Les Grands Chenes, Médoc
Review Date: 04-25-2017
One of the bargains of the vintage and an amazing value. This hearty wine has bold fruit and a chewy texture that deftly matches the richness to the strong tannins. Perhaps a bit brash today but should mellow nicely by the time its released. A " must buy" for all bargain hunters.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2010 Lamothe-Bergeron, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-21-2017
4 years of bottle age have really mellowed this once big and hearty wine which is produced under the direction of Chateau Angelus. This is toasty with an array of black fruits and a smooth and mellow middle for easy drinking. This slightly modern but delicious wine will sell out quickly.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 WS 90

2010 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-21-2017
This easy to like bottle shows the quality of the vintage at an easy to digest price. Husky black cherry fruit, earth, mineral and light smoke fill the slightly rustic middle yet there is good freshness and a fine chalky grip to the finish. Decant and enjoy.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2010 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon (special label)
Review Date: 04-21-2017
This killer value has creamy cherry, vanilla, cocoa and oak flavors and aromas in a silky and easy to drink style. The mid-palate is smooth and fresh and finishes with very fine tannins. The vanilla cream flavored 2016 is lush with plenty of structure and should be another super value.

2010 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac
Review Date: 04-21-2017
The folks at Lafite have been improving this property since 1973 and quality is soaring. This is dark and chewy with flavors of blackberry, huckleberry and touches of earth and mineral. The fat core of sweet dark fruit ends with ripe, integrated tannins in this hearty bottle. Also, do not miss the clean, sweet and structured 2016 vintage of this wine as it shows great potential.

2010 Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol
Review Date: 04-21-2017
A new property for us here at K&L and what a find. This is quite elegant with ripe black cherry, espresso roast, cassis and dark plum in a satin textured middle that ends with a finish of mineral and talc. Here we have a marriage of fruit, structure and finesse. The rich, chocolaty 2016 with its huge fruit held in place by fine, chalky tannins may end up being even better.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 91 WS 90

2016 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-21-2017
Tasted the first week of April. This has inviting aromas of flowers and oak that lead to a deep and sweet middle of crushed dark fruit. The richness is tempered by the long finish of fine tannin which lends a sense elegance to this fruity wine. This vintage of Beaumont is packed.

2016 Senejac, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-20-2017
Here is one of the great bargains of the fantastic 2016 Bordeaux vintage. This is tight, firm and classy with a strong core of sweet fruit and a very clean finish. there is amazing persistence to the finish of this seriously good bottle.

2016 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-20-2017
Another success for this bargain priced property that is pushing quality to new levels vintage after vintage. There is wonderful purity to the vanilla laced blueberry fruited middle that is layered and expressive. Tons of mineral character here with just the right amount of tannin. This barrel sample was ready to take home and drink.

2016 Enclos Tourmaline, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-20-2017
Here is a fantastic wine that shows the quality, freshness and precision of the vintage. This big wine is almost black in color with a deep chiseled nose of granite and endless red and black fruit. The middle is thick, full and completely effortless and fine, integrated tannins sneak in on the finish. This is a roaring success.

2016 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-19-2017
Tasted the first week of April. This has lively and lifted aromas of ripe red fruits that are an interesting counterpoint to the deep and rich middle. The aromas are inviting and the middle fruit ripe and fresh but the tight finish of powerful tannins show this to be a serious wine and a great value.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 04-18-2017
Tasted from barrel the first week of April. This is big and rich with a wonderful dry finish that accents the firm tannins. This is an affordable Old School Bordeaux that packs a punch and over delivers.

2014 Château Viella Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Blanc Sec
Review Date: 04-13-2017
Here is a palate cleansing and gulpable white that is easy on the wallet. This has aromas and flavors of almond, apricot and orange rind that are smooth, lively and surprisingly layered and complex.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine André Vatan "Les Charmes" Sancerre
Review Date: 04-13-2017
This is super aromatic and rich with scents and flavors of muskmelon, guava, cantaloupe and earth. The somewhat tropical flavors in the mid-palate morph into vibrant minerality on the intense finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Louis Jadot Côte de Nuits-Villages "Le Vaucrain"
Review Date: 04-13-2017
This is a very pretty wine with good length to the finish and nice lift to the aromatics. Quite earthy but wonderfully transparent and beautifully fresh.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
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2014 La Fleur Peyrabon, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-13-2017
Pauillac for 25 bucks has become almost non existent but this stays true to the appellation at a great entry level price. This is surprisingly red fruited with berries, plums and good mid-palate density and a creamy mouth feel. The smooth, mineral laced finish makes this very easy to drink young.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 VN 90

2014 Elephant Hill Syrah Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 04-13-2017
Here is a super complex yet elegant Syrah that sells for a song. This has spicy blue and black fruits along with hints of red meat, pepper, iron and traces of iodine. Despite the warm and generous mid-palate the long finish is sweet, clean and crisp showing more traces of iron and pepper.

2015 Pessac-Léognan de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Review Date: 04-13-2017
This rarely seen third wine of Chateau Haut-Bailly will surprise you with its depth and power. Punching way above its third wine stature, this is dark, deep and, although a bit primary at this point still quite hearty. The crunchy and tongue staining black currant fruit barely hides the rough and tumble tannins so until this settles down best to match to grilled meats. Decanting suggested.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Framingham F-Series Gewürztraminer Marlborough
Review Date: 04-13-2017
Baking spice, lychee, creme brulee and ripe peach form the flavor profile of this complex and unique wine. There are some waxy tropical notes in the middle where just a hint of sweetness seems to poke through all that richness but the long finish of bitter pith maintains the intensity and focus.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 04-13-2017
This is super intense with snap pea, gooseberry, crushed citrus and lemon-lime aromas and flavors. Palate cleansing, mouth watering and focused, this is as easy to sip as it is food friendly.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2014 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 04-11-2017
This organic, unfined and unfiltered wine is deep, dark and somewhat brooding in nature. There is plenty of sweet black cherry fruit to accent the forest floor and spice notes that linger on the bright finish. This is a big, bold bargain that drinks well above its price and should not be missed.

2011 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 04-11-2017
Here is a fantastic Pinot just beginning to show secondary nuances due to several years of bottle age. This starts out with leesy aromas of wild raspberries, dried herbs and bright flavors of red berries. The savory finish has mature flavors of muted red fruits, persistent length and shows wonderful development.

2012 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 03-30-2017
This is bold and deep with rich mulberry fruit, hints of savory herb, nice concentration and great balance. Potensac always tastes of Classified Growth quality and the finish here of sweet mineral laced cherries and ripe tannin make this taste like a $50.00 bottle.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WE 90

2014 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 03-30-2017
K&l sells more Potensac than almost any other Bordeaux on a consistent basis and it is easy to see why. This is bright, crunchy and bold with great concentration and a Pauillac-like finish. This is Classified Growth quality at a fraction of the price to decant tonight or cellar for 10 years.

2014 Laroque, Margaux
Review Date: 03-30-2017
How can you say no to a Margaux for less than 25 bucks that is ready to drink tonight? This is toasty and wonderfully ripe with sweet raspberry fruit in abundance and alluring scents of flowers and lightly charred oak. The finish is long, plush and soft until some stealthy tannins sneak in at the very end.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 WS 90

2014 Fonreaud, Listrac
Review Date: 03-30-2017
This overachieving and consistent property has come up with another super affordable winner in 2014. This starts with rich aromas and flavors of oak, blackberry and spice that race along the smooth, dense middle. The damp clay and mineral laced finish turns a tad tough and begs for some hearty food.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2012 Miguel Merino Mazuelo de Quinta Cruz Rioja
Review Date: 03-29-2017
This 100% Carignane bottling has brambly aromas and a rustic edge to the fruity middle. Wonderful balancing acidity keeps this hearty and earthy, food-friendly wine fresh enough to sip on its own--but seriously, bring on the grilled meats.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Can Mayol Loxarel "Refugi" Reserva Brut Nature Penedes
Review Date: 03-29-2017
This is clean and focused with orchard fruits and apple tones to the somewhat leesy entry. The Chardonnay makes its presence felt in the mid-palate then the fine finish leaves a chalky freshness.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 Maillet, Pomerol
Review Date: 03-29-2017
This has interesting toasty aromas and a sweet but lithe and supple body that maintains poise and elegance. There is an interesting caramel note on the soft, smooth finish. Easy to drink and very tasty.
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2015 Domaine des Pothiers "Clos du Puy" Côte Roannaise Rouge
Review Date: 03-25-2017
This delicious wine is juicy, very dark and smells like a bowl of freshly picked ripe raspberries. The deep middle of sweet mixed berry fruit with hints of granite minerality gives way to a long finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Château Yvonne "L'Île Quatre Sous" Saumur-Champigny
Review Date: 03-25-2017
Here is an "Old School" bargain you won't want to miss. This is deep and hearty with oodles of dark fruit and earthy nuance in the muscular middle. This is dark, rich and structured with a rustic chew to the finish. Time to fire up the grill.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2011 Domaine du Bel Air "Clos Nouveau" Bourgueil
Review Date: 03-25-2017
Here is an outstanding expression of Cabernet Franc with several years of bottle age and a unique personality. There are generous and toasty aromas of ripe dark fruits, oak, iron, dried flowers and a touch of game. The middle is substantial and fleshy with almost jammy dark fruit and a plush texture. This full-bodied, rich and balanced wine should be tasted by all lovers of Loire Valley reds.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Damien Coquelet Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 03-18-2017
Here is a deeply fruited, almost dense Beaujolais with an iron core and an animal dig into the earthier aspects of the region. This hearty and very mineral bottling would stand up to any fare including game or cassoulet.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2010 La Dauphine, Fronsac
Review Date: 03-16-2017
This roaring bargain has a toasty, spicy medley of juicy and sweet dark fruit flavors and very approachable tannins. A delicious and easy to drink value from a great vintage.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Gitton Père & Fils "Montachins" Sancerre
Review Date: 03-16-2017
This intense wine is steely with somewhat musky and flinty citrus flavors and a chiseled finish of vibrant mineral. This is serious stuff.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 Dassault, St-Emilion
Review Date: 03-16-2017
This is hearty, deep and firm with dark fruit flavors and wonderfully dry tannins. A rather old school and brooding style that will likely soften up a bit with age but probably always remain masculine and somewhat chewy. This could stand up to a great piece of dry aged beef or even BBQ.

2015 Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu Cote de Brouilly
Review Date: 03-11-2017
This shows off the vintage with its deep and jammy middle of cassis and ripe cherry fruit. There is wonderful tension here with the tightly wound structure of ripe tannins and fine mineral holding all that dark and rich fruit together.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Saint-Amour
Review Date: 03-11-2017
This is balanced, sweet, clean and very floral with faint touches of iron and earth to the lacy finish. The complexity and elegance at this price is truly amazing.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 RP 91

2010 Berliquet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 03-02-2017
This is full-bodied and tightly packed with ripe dark fruits and hints of tar and mineral. The tannins are sweet and polished and there is a roasted charcoal note on the glossy finish. Is this a Saint-Emilion that thinks its a Pauillac?
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 WS 91

2012 Nenin, Pomerol
Review Date: 03-02-2017
Still young, tight and in need of decanting, but harmonious and coming along quite nicely. This is quite elegant with the flavors and aromas of red fruits and mineral combining in a supple and clean style. Decant now or cellar 5 to 10 more years.

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