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Acumen

2018 Mountainside Red Blend
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Appearance medium burgundy red
Aromas blackberry, blueberry preserves, caramel, nutmeg, garden soil, game
Palate plum, balm mint, cigar box, plush tannins, lingering finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
To compliment this mountainside red blend, pair with richer meats like beef steaks, beef and pork roasts, venison, lamb and hamburgers. Also serve with mushroom dishes and meals seasoned with savory herbs and pepper. Experiment with a charcuterie plate including salami, cured meats and cheeses such as aged Gouda and Cheddar, Parmesan and Gruyere.
Composition

60.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27.3% Merlot, 9.3% Petit Verdot, 2.6% Zinfandel

Production
1500 bottles
Alcohol
14%
Aging Potential
Will age gracefully for another 10+ years
Accolades

Acumen’s classically structured wines are recognized for their balance, vineyard-driven complexity and uncommon age-worthiness. The entire Acumen wine portfolio has scored 90+ points, including a perfect 100 point rating for their 2015 Edcora Cabernet Sauvignon.


Winemaker

Phillip Titus

About the Winemaker

Raised in the Napa Valley, Phillip discovered his interest in viticulture when he began working alongside his father and brothers in his family’s St. Helena vineyard at the age of 12—an interest that was further kindled around the dinner table, where his father would often pour wines from Europe and California. After studying agronomy, viticulture and enology at UC Davis, Phillip traveled to the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux to gain a deeper understanding of the history of wine. In 1990, after working at such wineries as Quail Ridge, Stratford, and Cartlidge & Brown, Phillip was invited by legendary vintner, Donn Chappellet to guide the winemaking program at Chappellet Vineyards. That same year, Phillip also became the winemaker for his family’s acclaimed Titus Vineyards.

In the three decades since, Phillip has earned renown as one of Napa Valley’s most gifted winemakers, garnering numerous 100-point scores, and the respect of his peers for his encyclopedic knowledge of winemaking. Though Phillip is equally adept at making wines from both mountain and valley floor sites, his 30 years (and counting) of experience on Pritchard Hill have provided him with an unparalleled understanding of the intricacies and opportunities of mountain winemaking.

In early 2020, after years of working with grapes from Acumen’s acclaimed Edcora and Attelas vineyards, Phillip was invited to join the Acumen team as winemaker, where he works closely with Assistant Winemaker José Rodriguez and Viticulturist Garrett Buckland.

About the Winery
Acumen
Located in the Atlas Peak AVA, Acumen is dedicated to creating the next great Napa Valley wine estate. With an estate featuring 116 acres of organically certified vines, Acumen’s talented team produces a boutique portfolio of estate-grown wines, with a focus on mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Taking their inspiration from the great Napa Valley Cabernets of the 1960s and 1970s, Acumen’s classically structured wines are recognized for their balance, vineyard-driven complexity and uncommon age-worthiness.
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