2010 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1201766


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Tasting Notes

Acumen is a new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that is going to become one of the valley's best producers in the near future. Here's a chance to taste it before most Napa Cabernet fans even hear about it. The winery has worked with us to get our customers a great price on this wine, as they work to get exposure to CA's fine wine audience via K&L. Acumen comes from a 116-acre vineyard in the Atlas Peak AVA which includes the Jan Krupp old home estate next to the Stagecoach vineyard. The winemaker for Acumen is Denis Malbec, a world-famous winemaker who grew up at Chateau Latour. His father and grandfather both worked at the Chateau and, following in his father's footsteps, Denis became cellar master and enologist at Latour from 1994 to 1999. He then moved to Napa Valley, and his current portfolio includes work with Kapscancdy, Blankiet, Sodaro and his own label Notre Vin with his wife and winemaking partner May Britt Malbec. The property is farmed by Steve Mathiasson, 2014 San Francisco Chronicle winemaker of the year and one of the most gifted farmers in the Napa Valley, Steve, in conjunction with Garrett Buckland and Premiere Viticultural Services, which they own, are producing some of the finest grapes on Atlas Peak.

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Sometimes the wily vets in this biz can get pretty jaded about all the new upper end wines that flood the marketplace with the release of every new vintage. History tells us that so few of these wines are actually good values at their respective price points and even fewer are actually wines we think our customers would like to drink. So it is certainly a special occasion when we see one that is truly exciting, a tremendous value and completely delicious and that is what the 2010 Acumen “Mountainside” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is. This wine floored me with its combination of fantastic raw materials and precision winemaking as it should being that Steve Matthiasson (Araujo, Hall, Spottswoode) is the vineyard manager and Denis Malbec (Chateau Latour, Blankiet, Kapcsandy Family) is the winemaker. These two respective superstars have built something quite spectacular here with aromas of pretty cassis and sweet pastilles on top of bay leaf, green olive and black tea notes. Sassy and full of energetic flavors of red currant, milk chocolate, more olive and cola spice this is not a wine to be glossed over, rather this wine is a rare Cab that is full of life and vigor. Super fine tannins round out the dovetailed and flavorful finish. This is a wine with a wonderful pedigree that delivers in every way.
  • Michael Jordan
    By: Michael Jordan
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2010 vintage is one of my favorite vintages in Napa Valley. Richness with structure and acidity. It is a vintage that will age yet can be enjoyed young. The Acumen is a dark, rich Napa Cabernet with layers of flavor. The tannins are fine and lush which gives the wine accessibility now. Plum, cassis, vanilla and cedar. A fantastic wine that needs about 2 hours decanting or a couple of years.
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2010 “Acumen” Cabernet Sauvignon lives up to its name, showing the felicitous results of mindful wine making applied to attentively farmed, mountain-grown fruit. The resultant wine is dry, focused and structured, with natural fruit counter-pointed by menthol and roast herb notes, along with woodsy spice. The key here is balance. It neatly misses the pitfalls of excessive ripeness and over-obvious oak, and I’d wager it will even be significantly better as the years wear on, the tannins begin to melt in, and the wine begins to stretch out and unfurl its full array of flavors.
  • Dell Martinez
    By: Dell Martinez
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2010 Acumen Cabernet is a brooding jewel. Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Atlas Peak AVA this bottling is broad-shouldered and highly structured. An aromatic nose gives way to a velvety black-fruited mid-palate with an exceptionally granular tannic depth and lengthy finish. This gem strikes a balance between austerity and expression, structure and form, fruit and dryness. This is a classy and classic mountain fruit Cabernet that well exceeds its price point. Acquire for both current and long-term usage.
    Drink from 2015 to 2025


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