Napa Valley AVA
A top-end, highly sought after cult brand
Founded in 2010 by Chinese businessman Eric Yuan, Acumen Wines is a new Napa Valley winery based in the terroir-driven hills of the Atlas Peak AVA. Eric was drawn to the mountainside vineyards here, which have created countless world-class wines, and purchased two unique Atlas Peak vineyard sites totaling 116 acres. His neighbors include the legendary Stagecoach Vineyard, Pahlmeyer, and Au Sommet, which speaks to the incredible quality and prestige of this region. Eric’s inspiration for Acumen Wines began while attending school in Paris and tasting the great wines of Bordeaux. His dream was to pair Napa Valley terroir with classic Bordeaux inspired winemaking techniques to create world-class wines of elegance and balance. Acumen Wines is the realization of that dream.
Sparing no expense, Eric hired world-famous, 100-Point winemaker Denis Malbec and top viticulturist Steve Matthiasson to run the Acumen Wine team. Together, Denis and Steve make one of the most prestigious winemaking teams currently in the Valley, which makes Acumen destined to be a top-end, highly sought after cult brand in the very near future. Acumen’s limited production wines are currently only available for purchase by winery mailing list members - while the list is still open.
Denis Malbec Winemaker
Denis Malbec was born at the historic First Growth Estate Chateau Latour in Pauillac, France, within the region of Bordeaux. Denis’ father and grandfather both served as Cellar Masters and Vineyard Managers for Chateau Latour, and taught Denis everything they knew about making wine. Denis also became Cellar Master and Enologist for Chateau Latour from 1994 to 1999 and then moved to Napa Valley where he worked with Kapscancdy, Blankiet, and Sodaro, while also developing his own label, Notre Vin. Steve Mathiasson was named the San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and is one of the most gifted farmers in Napa Valley. He has consulted for an impressive list of producers including Araujo, Spottswoode, David Arthur, Cappellet, and Stags Leap