Fellom Ranch Cabernet Harvest

by Brandy Miceli I enthusiastically agreed to picking grapes at Fellom Ranch with the Left Bend cycling crew so I could write about the experience. Picking grapes! How fun! A great way to spend a Friday morning. The grapes were cabernet, and my mom has always had an affinity for cab, so I brought her […]

Left Bend Wins Gold and Double Gold – West Coast Wine Competion

Left Bend has won two gold medals and a double gold medal in the 2018 West Coast Wine Competition. 2015 Pinot Noir – Gali Vineyard – Santa Cruz County –  Double Gold – West Coast Wine Competition. 2015 Syrah – Gali Vineyard – Santa Cruz County –  Gold – West Coast Wine Competition 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon […]

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 […]

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 […]