Acumen

5.71 Carats
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Atlas Peak

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 131
Vintage

2018

Acumen

5.71 Carats

Cabernet Sauvignon
Atlas Peak

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Cabernet Sauvignon with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc sourced from the Edcora Vineyards
  • Organic and sustainably farmed vineyards are perched at 1,600 feet in elevation
  • The vineyard is difficult to farm with its steep terrain and extremely rocky red soils from andesite rocks
  • Like the Edcora diamond, these grapes are famous and valuable—a wine cellar investment

This jewel of a wine is made from our 116-acre, organically farmed estate on Atlas Peak and inspired by the famed Edcora Red diamond. We selected two of the best Cabernet Sauvignon lots from our acclaimed Edcora Vineyard and married them with a select amount of Cabernet Franc from our Attelas Vineyard. As a showcase of the powerful wines made from our mountain estate, it combines the structure and intensity from Edcora’s red volcanic soils with the refined elegance of 5.71 percent Cabernet Franc from Attelas, an homage to the 5.71 carats of the Edcora Red diamond. Together, they form a stunning combination worthy of one of the world’s rarest jewels.


Wine Facts

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

Henrik Poulsen

Winemaker, Acumen

Winemaker, Henrik Poulsen

As the executive manager and director of winemaking for Acumen, acclaimed winemaker Henrik Poulsen guides a team dedicated to creating the next great Napa Valley wine estate. With a philosophy deeply rooted in Acumen’s two remarkable estate vineyards, and a winemaking approach that takes its inspiration from the legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1960s and 1970s, Henrik crafts classically structured mountain-grown wines that are recognized for their balance, vineyard-driven complexity and age-worthiness.

Born in Denmark, Henrik was raised in a wine-loving family, and he purchased his first bottle of classified Bordeaux when he was just 14 years old. While attending university in Copenhagen, Henrik found himself falling deeper under wine’s spell. As he began reading books about wine, attending tastings, and working in a local wine shop, he realized that wine was his true path. He soon left school and traveled to Bordeaux to gain hands-on winemaking experience working at Château de Haux. In 2000, after meeting Newton Vineyard Founder Su Hua Newton in Paris, Henrik moved to Napa Valley, eager to gain a more global winemaking perspective. Over the next six years, he immersed himself in the world of Napa Valley wine, while working alongside renowned European winemakers Luc Morlet, and later Jean Hoefliger.

In 2006, following Newton’s purchase by LVMH, Henrik and Jean joined the founding team at Alpha Omega, where they quickly established it as one of the most exciting wineries in Napa Valley. There, Henrik made wines using grapes from some of Napa Valley’s greatest vineyards, including Stagecoach, and Beckstoffer’s To Kalon, Dr. Crane and Georges III vineyards. During his seven years at Alpha Omega, he gained invaluable experience from legendary consultant and master blender Michel Rolland. While at Alpha Omega, Henrik also had the opportunity to explore some of the great Napa Valley wines of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

“Experiencing the great older Napa Valley wines was a revelation,” says Henrik. “I was deeply impressed by their complexity and longevity. It was an epiphany to see many of the qualities I loved about the greatest wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux realized in a uniquely Napa Valley way.” After founding his own Release Winery, and a wine consulting business, Henrik joined Acumen in 2013 as director of winemaking, working alongside founding winemaker—and Château Latour veteran—Denis Malbec. Together, Denis and Henrik established the Acumen style, crafting wines that artfully balance the robust mountain tannins of Atlas Peak with the nuance and complexity of Acumen’s two exceptional estate vineyards.

Today, as both director of winemaking and executive manager, Henrik collaborates with Viticulturist Garrett Buckland and Vineyard Manager Jesus Gonzalez to grow grapes that possess perfect phenolic ripeness, while still retaining complex structure due to their naturally high tannin levels. To tame these robust tannins, in the winery Henrik uses special yeasts, cool fermentations, gentle extractions and ideal cooperage pairings to create silky wines with the structure to reward long-term cellaring. “Our aim is to make wines with an ideal balance between tannin, acid, intensity and fruit;” adds Henrik, “wines that celebrate the character of each new vintage, and the complexity of our Atlas Peak estate vineyards

Country born: Denmark

Education: University of Copenhagen

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
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Winemaking Philosophy:
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