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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.


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2000 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 3-11-2014
Very dark in color, the 2000 Calon-Ségur shows ripe cassis and mocha aromas that linger in the mouth.

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 Waiting List BC 0

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.

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.

2004 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 1-29-2014
Tons of cassis and chocolate on the nose. Best at Joanne tasting. Amazing as usual--blueberry and blackberry flavors. Fabulous balance--one of the best of the vintage. Power with elegance.

1991 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 12-17-2013
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Garnet color on the lighter side. Mineral aromas with some sweetness. Great palate entry--rustic style but still very sweet on the finish. Old school Bordeaux and a fine value at under 30 dollars
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 10-28-2013
Perhaps the most "modern" of the wines from this property in the '90s. Very fruit forward and quite elegant. Delicious.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-28-2013
Quite big for the vintage, but has softened up quite a bit in recent years. Good value.
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

1990 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 8-15-2013
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Great vintage. Tannic but totally delicious now.
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2003 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 7-1-2013
Spicy, smoky aromas with meaty nuances and coffee on the nose. Toasty oak flavors with black fruits abounding. A very sexy wine with good palate impression. Power behind elegance right now. Very good. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. **.5

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 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 4-23-2013
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At UGC: Big and brooding, with tons of ripe tannins, blackberry fruit and fine acidity. Very dense. At property: Pencil lead and cedar aromas. Very spicy. 1989 and 2009 are two of the best from this property. Will age forever I would think.

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!

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