Review: 93 Points – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch – Wine Enthusiast

93 Points: Left Bend 2013 Fellom Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains) A classic Cab in the Santa Cruz Mountains style, this savory bottling shows black pepper, charcoal and grilled blueberries on the nose along with tons of dried herbs. Blackberry, anise, dill, cedar and pencil lead show on the sip, where intriguing depth and a […]

Review: 90 Points – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah – Wine Enthusiast

90 Points: Left Bend 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Santa Clara County) Deep blueberry and coffee notes meet with Christmas spices and gingerbread on the nose of this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah, two grapes that really want to go together. It’s woody on the palate, with cedar spice and cigar-box touches giving depth […]

Review: 89 Points – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine Enthusiast

89 Points: Left Bend 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains) On this dense, appealing and fruit-driven bottling from Camel Hill Vineyard, fresh-pressed blackberry meets with touches of other red fruits, from dark strawberry to plum, enhanced by cocoa dust. Leather, dark chocolate, red cherry and blackberry flavors show on the palate, where incredibly sticky tannins still […]

2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Left Bend Winery won the following awards at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Best of Class: Merlot Blends – 2014 Left Bend Sierra Morena (65% Mrlot, 25% Cab Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) Double Gold: Red Dessert – 2015 Left Bend Last Straw Silver: Cabernet Blends –  2013 Left Bend Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah Blend […]

Review: 91 Points – Mashup V2 – Wine Enthusiast

91 points This fascinating nonvintage solera blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from five vintages (2010–2014) offers elegant touches of licorice, blackcurrant and lavender on the deep nose. Blackberry, cedar, sandalwood and incense flavors mesh with a dried tea-leaf element on the palate. Wine Enthusiast – MATT KETTMANN @mattkettmann

Review: 93 Points – 2013 Syrah – Wine Enthusiast

Left Bend 2013 Brosseau Vineyard Syrah (Chalone) 93POINTS A bit lighter that other Syrahs of this small appellation, this bottling from a Santa Cruz-based producer shows light cherry juice, cinnamon, clove and gingerbread on the nose. Cola, black cherry, cranberry, leather and tobacco arise on the sip, but it’s the intriguing crushed-gravel minerality that sets […]

Foot Stomping?

A recent question to Wine Spectator about foot stomping reminds me that sometimes visitors to our tasting room ask us after seeing one of our photos showing a woman stomping on our grapes.  Left Bend has been foot stomping on part of our grapes since 2011. Since we make small lots, it is much easier for […]

September 10, 2016: Los Gatos Wine Walk

Left Bend Winery will be pouring at the Los Gatos Wine Walk on September 10, from 1:30 to 5:30pm. Sip tastings from over 40 local wineries! Walk through Downtown Los Gatos to enjoy wine tasting and food samples at local shops and restaurants. Link/info Hope to see you there.

Review: 91 Points – 2013 Pinot Noir – Wine Enthusiast

Left Bend 2013 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains) 91POINTS  (link) Featuring a unique and intriguingly fresh and floral nose, this shows bright strawberry, fresh-pressed hibiscus flowers, exotic vanilla-cinnamon notes and hints of slate and chaparral. The palate is just a hair less exciting, with raspberry, cranberry, white pepper, white sage and dried mint, […]

Review: 91 Points – 2012 Syrah – Millennial Drinkers Blog

Tasting Note: Second of the two Left Bend reds sent over to us from Gary. Love the labels on these wines and the name of this vineyard, ‘Vanumanutagi’ which is a Samoan word meaning “Vale of the Singing Bird”. Trust us this wine sings! Bright ruby red with purplish hues. Nose started off a little […]

Review: 93 Points – Mashup v1- Millennial Drinkers Blog

Tasting Note: First of the two Left Bend reds sent over to us from Gary. Very interesting label on the bottle. All the different words have to do with what is in the wine, how it is made, and what to expect from it…It does not disappoint! Deep and dark garnet red. Love the nose […]

June 18: 2016: Los Gatos Plein Air Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Fine Art Exhibit, Sale, and Festival and Drawn2Art*, Los Gatos Town Plaza. The public and artists gather at the Los Gatos Town Plaza to view the framed paintings. Admission is free. Enjoy wine tasting from Los Gatos and the Santa Cruz Mountain vineyards and mingle with […]

April 2016: Passion for cyling and wine combine at Left Bend Winery

Santa Cruz Sentinel – Wine Press: Passion for cyling and wine combine at Left Bend Winery By Stacey Vreeken, Wine Press  POSTED: 03/30/16,  LOS GATOS >> Sometimes the road to winemaking is traveled by bike. At least that’s how Richard Hanke and Gary Robinson of Left Bend Winery got there. The two met through a shared passion […]

May 20 to May 22, 2016: PINOT PARADISE – Taste of the Mountains

Come sip, sample and enjoy three days meandering your way through the many Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taste through barrel samples, enjoy the experience of meeting our winemakers and participate in personal tours of the vineyards. Tickets can be purchased online or at any participating winery. Ticket price is […]

May 14, 2016: New release party

Celebrate with Left Bend and our new releases.  Noon to 5pm. 2015 Rose’ 2014 Viognier Mashup v2 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

April 29, 2016: Winemaker dinner at Savory Kitchen

Join us Friday, April 29, 2016 6:30pm-9:30pm Join us at the Savory Kitchen for Left Bend Winemaker’s Dinner where Gary will be joining Savory Kitchen to give a great overview of Left Bend and the vineyards they source from in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Crispy Polenta Cake and Gremolata paired with Left Bend 2013 Viognier TBD Course paired with Left […]