Located in the Atlas Peak AVA, Acumen is dedicated to creating the next great Napa Valley wine estate. With an estate featuring 116 acres of organically certified vines, Acumen’s talented team produces a boutique portfolio of estate-grown wines, with a focus on mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Taking their inspiration from the great Napa Valley Cabernets of the 1960s and 1970s, Acumen’s classically structured wines are recognized for their balance, vineyard-driven complexity and uncommon age-worthiness.
Acumen was launched in 2012, when entrepreneur Eric Yuan decided to build on his love affair with wine originally cultivated while studying in Paris. With the help of renowned founding Winemaker Denis Malbec (a veteran of Château Latour) and acclaimed Viticulturist Garrett Buckland, he discovered his vision on the slopes of Atlas Peak in Napa Valley’s famed eastern mountains.
Acumen’s winemaking is guided by acclaimed Director of Winemaking and Executive Manager Henrik Poulsen, who has honed his winemaking experience in both Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. Throughout his illustrious career, Henrik has worked with some of the world’s greatest winemakers, including Denis, Luc Morlet, Jean Hoefliger and Michel Rolland. He has also made wines from many of Napa Valley’s most beloved vineyards, including Stagecoach, and Beckstoffer’s To Kalon, Dr. Crane and Georges III vineyards.
“While Atlas Peak is very remote, and extremely difficult to plant due to its steep slopes and rocky soils, legendary winegrowers like Jan Krupp have long known what a remarkable region it is for growing grapes. With its high elevation, relatively cool climate, and volcanic soils, it is a place where the grapes can ripen perfectly, while retaining the complex structure and tannins that define our wines. We believe that Atlas Peak is Napa Valley’s next frontier for great mountain-grown wines.” -Director of Winemaking Henrik Poulsen
The Attelas and Edcora vineyards offer a rich and vibrant tapestry of vineyard blocks, with a focus on exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
This provides the Acumen team with a remarkable palette of Atlas Peak fruit during blending, adding to the layered sophistication of the wines.