Acumen

2+2+2+2
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Atlas Peak

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 93
Vintage

2015

Acumen

2+2+2+2

Cabernet Sauvignon
Atlas Peak

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Two lots—the best Cabernet Sauvignon lots from our 116-acre, organically farmed estate on Atlas Peak
  • Two vineyards—one lot a piece from our Attelas and Edcora vineyards, showcasing power and diversity
  • Two clones—Cabernet Sauvignon Clones 7 and 337, selecting the best options from the given blocks
  • Two barrels—Alain Fouquet and Taransaud, pairing each unique lot with the ideal French oak cooper

It is in the eastern mountainside of the rugged Atlas Peak nested appellation where we set our roots in two unique vineyards with a total of 116 organically farmed acres surrounded by chaparral and sagebrush. Your unique Premiere Napa Valley wine is respectively called 2+2+2+2, featuring two lots, two vineyards, two clones, and two barrels. The two lots are the best Cabernet Sauvignon lots from our 116-acre, organically farmed estate on Atlas Peak coming from our Attelas and Edcora vineyards. These two vineyards feature Cabernet Sauvignon Clones 7 and 337, selecting the best options for the given blocks. Your wine is then barreled aged in Alain Fouquet and Taransaud barrels, pairing each unique lot with the ideal French oak cooper.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Steve Matthiasson

Winemaker, Acumen

Winemaker, Steve Matthiasson

As winemaker for Acumen, Steve Matthiasson has a very clear focus: make wine that is an honest and joyous expression of the vineyard. Part of this preoccupation lies with his own winemaking philosophy, but it is equally a nod to the distinctive nature of Acumen's organically-farmed vineyards on Atlas Peak. The high-elevation climate, volcanic soils and long growing season provide Acumen with fruit that has fully mature flavors at lower sugar levels, a quality that is prized by Matthiasson.

"The crowning achievement of Atlas Peak is a long growing season without the heat of the valley floor, which gives us wonderfully expressive wines that are not high in alcohol or over ripe," notes Matthiasson. "The wines have backbone, but are not over the top. The key is to grow the wine in the vineyard and then careful extraction of tannins from the grapes. For Acumen, we're looking to make wines that capture the finest qualities of the Old World and New World."

Steve Matthiasson has farmed Acumen's vineyards from the beginning and was part of the founding team that searched for the right site and ultimately selected the Atlas Peak property. He was captivated by the vineyard from the start and worked very closely with original winemaker Denis Malbec, who made Acumen's first vintages. They shared a love for vineyards and a goal of making classic wines that express terroir, which contributed greatly to their selection of the Atlas Peak site and their successful collaboration with Acumen. Matthiasson took over as winemaker in 2016.

The farming life has held a fascination for Matthiasson since his childhood days on the family farm in North Dakota. He later studied horticulture at U.C. Davis, where he received a master's degree, before immersing himself in sustainable farming in the San Joaquin Valley as a consultant. He co-authored a widely-regarded sustainable farming manual in 1999, and in 2002 he moved to the Napa Valley to work as a consultant on vineyard practices. Along with his wife, Jill Klein Matthiasson, he launched their own eponymous wine label in 2003, which has garnered significant critical acclaim. In addition, Matthiasson has developed an enviable list of past and current winery clients over the years, including Araujo Estate, Dalla Valle, Spottswoode, Chappellet, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, David Arthur, Duckhorn and Hall.

Steve Matthiasson enjoys the rustic, agrarian atmosphere at the Acumen estate on Atlas Peak, and has developed a strong bond with both the vineyard and Acumen team. He lives with his wife and children on their small farm and vineyard in Napa.

Country born: USA

Education: MS from UC Davis
Co-authored CA sustainable farming handbook

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
2012 Food & Wine Magazine "Winemakers of the Year"
2014 SF Chronicle Winemaker of the Year
2014-2016 Nominated for a James Beard Award

Winemaking Philosophy:
To make classic wines that reflect the terroir of the Estate.

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7130 Douglas Boulevard
Granite Bay  CA  95746
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