||Acumen wines has emerged on Atlas Peak as the embodiment of a dream to share with friends and family the very best of the Old and New Worlds, a dream where world-class winemaking and viticulture experience combine with a deep love of the land.
Our founding Acumen team, of winemaker Denis Malbec and viticulturists Steve Matthiasson and Garrett Buckland, were drawn to the mountainside vineyards of Napa Valley’s eastern slopes, which have created countless world-class wines. It was here in the Atlas Peak AVA that we set our roots in two unique vineyards with a total of 116 acres. The Acumen label shares a glimpse of our inspiring view, which features the iconic peak of Mount St. Helena and the peaceful, undulating hillsides of this enchanted mountain valley.
Volcanic soils, an ideal high elevation climate, long growing season and expert farming allow Acumen to produce wines of ideal ripeness, depth, complexity and phenolic concentration. Our full-time farm crew skillfully farms for earlier ripening, which allow for fully developed flavors at lower alcohol levels.
Denis Malbec, a winemaking artist, inspiration and good friend, was our first winemaker and made the Acumen wines through the 2015 vintage. Tragically, in early 2016 he passed away in a car accident. He will be greatly missed and warmly remembered, with our 2013 and 2014 Acumen PEAK wines to bear a subtle tribute on the label in his honor. Steve Matthiasson, who scouted our vineyards before purchasing, has farmed them since Acumen’s inception and was a natural fit to take over the role as winemaker. He and Denis shared a common love for the vineyards and a goal to make classic wines that express the vineyard’s character.
We live our belief that the world’s best wine is grown in the vineyards, so we are very fortunate to have our vineyards and winemaking so thoroughly united under the artistry and expertise of Steve and supported by an amazing full-time vineyard and winemaking team.
Every glass of Acumen is an invitation to share in our dream, to be transported to the vineyards, to feel the sun and smell the earth, to taste the best that Napa Valley has to offer. We hope you join us.