A unique feature of Otis Vineyard is the old fan-trained Cabernet Sauvignon vines, a system of training used in Northern Europe before the advent of phylloxera. Because of their age, the Cabernet vines from Otis Vineyard produce wines with great depth and consistency. The vines are planted on a south slope in light, sandy soil allowing the grapes to ripen well. The resulting wine, with its black currant, brambleberry, blackberry and herbaceous characteristics, displays tremendous acid balance and great finesse.
Columbia Winery’s longstanding relationship with Otis Vineyard began in 1979. Winemaker David Lake first produced a single vineyard-designated wine from Otis with the 1981 release of Cabernet Sauvignon. The image of a fan-trained vine is used on Columbia Winery’s Otis Vineyard designated wines.