Vinous: Santa Cruz Mountains – The Gorgeous 2016s

Santa Cruz Mountains – The Gorgeous 2016s – Vinous August 2018 Antonio Galloni recently published new reviews for a number of our current releases. 2014 Siera Morena – 90 Points 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Camel Hill – 89+ Points 2015 Pinot Noir Gali Vineyard – 89 Points 2015 Syrah Gali Vineyard – 90 Points  

2017 Fiz Nat Reviews: 90 points Wine Enthusiast

90 POINTS by Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice A good pét-nat combines funk, foam and fun with tart fruit and a full body, and this succeeds on all fronts. Cloudy in the glass, this shows aromas of watermelon soda, strawberry, cherry Jolly Rancher and yeast. Albeit focused on primary flavors, the palate is tart with raspberry candy […]

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

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 by The SixFifty – 2015 Last Straw

Short and sweet: our list of luscious (and local) dessert wines for the holiday Silicon Valley wineries offer up some fantastic finishes to your feast By Carol Maskus Left Bend: Last Straw Zinfandel Blend In 2015, Left Bend saw a serious drought with their grapes. “The well at the Zinfandel vineyard on Redwood Retreat Road (Santa […]

Review: 92 Points – 2015 Chardonnay – Millennial Drinkers

92 Points: Light golden yellow. A touch of oak influence on the nose with notes of honeysuckle, straw, and crème brûlée. Moderate acidity (6/10) and medium bodied. Layers of citrus on the palate like lemon zest with elements of stone fruits and a little toasty. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2023.   Millennial Drinkers: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: 2012 Cabernet Franc on

Third party review by Wine Mizer: I wrote previously about Left Bend’s Syrah (see: and their Cabernet Sauvignon (see  But I never discussed their Cabernet Franc – not because I didn’t like it.  In my tastings, I’m unable to catch up, most times, with everything a winery does, and too soon I’m off to an event or tasting another wine.  I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]