Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets

A great write up regarding the Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon wineries was written by Alder Yarrow. Full article can be found on Vinography. The following text is from the article and refers to Left Bend. Left Bend:  What do you get when you let a hydrogeologist loose in the Santa Cruz Mountains with a bicycle […]

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Review: November 2014

Left Bend 2011 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains) 92 Points: There’s a potpourri of wildly distinct and amazing aromas on this 60% Syrah-40% Cabernet Sauvignon, from cooked ripe cranberries and distinct black pepper to red clay, anise, violet and savory goulash with dried strawberries. Raspberry, pepper and cola overtake the palate, with a refreshing tartness […]

Passport days are coming: November 15

One of the great marketing promotions for American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) is to have a group tasting day. A group tasting day is one day a year, quarter or month when all wineries, large or small,within an AVA are open to the public. Wine lovers will then flock to the area and try all the […]

Left Bend joins SCMWA and will attend Premier Cruz: November 8

We are pleased to announce that Left Bend has become the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, SCMWA, newest member. The SCMWA is the regions collective voice for promoting Santa Cruz Mountains wines and wineries. By becoming a member, Left Bend can now participate in great local wine events. The first SCMWA event that we will […]

Third Party Review: Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet

Published by Hawk Wakawaka on 1 October 2014 Tasting Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet with Alder Yarrow As part of the VH1 Storytellers series, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson record an acoustic album together. For classic country fans, like myself, it’s a beautiful moment bringing two of the greats together. In the liner notes Cash explains […]

Los Gatos Plein Air Art Show – June 21st

Left Bend is pleased to announce that in support of the Los Gatos Morning Rotary and its beneficiaries, we will pour our Santa Cruz Mountains designated wines at the Los Gatos Plein Air Art Show on Saturday June 21st. Information on this special even can be found at and below. We hope to see you there! […]

Third Party Review: 2010 Left Bend Syrah

Review by Solosyrah Left Bend Winery is the project of winemaker Gary Robinson and his friend Richard Hanke. At the moment, it’s an extremely low production winery. The Santa Cruz Syrah I tasted from the 2010 vintage was just recently released. It’s a very impressive wine. I was concerned that at 14.4% it would be […]

Third Party Review: Left Bend 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review by Wine Mizer Can anyone discuss the taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon without mentioning cassis? Well, it’s obviously too late for me to do that, so I’ll put off that description for a moment and instead talk balance. Balance as in a wine of balance; a flying Walenda of balance. This is my second […]

Third Party Review: Left Bend 2010 Syrah

Being a wine writer (say those two words fast ten times) has its good moments, and I’m grateful when they happen. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to taste product from wineries that are new to me and otherwise might go inexperienced. Some is good. Some goes unmentioned in my blog. And then – not too often – some send me into a state of wonder and joy. Such is what happened recently when I tasted Left Bend’s 2010 inaugural release of their Syrah.

Fellom Ranch on Montebello Road

This harvest, we are excited to be getting Cabernet Sauvignon from the Fellom Ranch in Cupertino. It’s always fun to discover a new vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and a vineyard owner passionate about growing premium fruit.
A small mountain vineyard with stressed vines and concentrated fruit… it’s exactly what we look for to make distinctive, age-worthy Santa Cruz Mountains wine.