Acumen Wines, an estate producer in Napa County’s Atlas Peak winegrowing region specializing in cabernet sauvignon, has appointed veteran winemaker Henrik Poulsen as director of winemaking and executive manager.

The announcement stated that Poulsen was associated with Acumen from 2013 to 2015, working closely with founding winemaker Denis Malbec, before taking a hiatus to focus on his own wines. Poulsen replaces Steve Matthiasson who served as winemaker at the Napa Valley winery following the death of Denis Malbec in early 2016.

A native of Denmark, Poulsen came to the Napa Valley in 2000 after a 13-month stay in Bordeaux. He worked at Newton Vineyards from 2000 to 2006 before joining Alpha Omega Winery as assistant winemaker. In 2013, Denis Malbec recruited Poulsen to work at Acumen for their first vintage together from the Atlas Peak estate.