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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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2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 4-14-2014
*V Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 4-3-2014
94 points. Drink this while you're waiting for your 2009 and 2010 to age.

1991 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 3-11-2014
The best of the 1991s. This vintage was fabulous along the Gironde, with no frost to speak of.
Price: $699.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

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.

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

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.

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

1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-28-2013
Delicious, ready to drink wine from a great vintage. Packed with sweet fruit. No edges.

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.

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

2009 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 3-11-2013
* A very elegant wine, with forward fruit flavors. Well made.

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