A tiny percentage of the vineyards of France are planted to Mourvedre, since that grape succeeds only when both soil and climate are ideally suited to it. It does best in the area around the Mediterranean seaport of Bandol, where, in the right hands, it achieves greatness equal to fine Bordeaux. The owners of the Rossi Vineyard - Paul and Sandy Otellini - have done everything necessary to create the finest source of Mourvedre in California. Yields are low, farming is organic, and the wine has the textbook aroma of Mourvedre -- a combination of pit fruit, aged tobacco leaf and minerals. Tadeo’s success with this variety is perhaps his finest hour yet. This wine is simply wild. Like our Syrah and Grenache, the grapes are crushed by foot, not by machine.