Pure Fiano from 3 separate parcels which Luigi says each add another dimension to this gorgeous, perky wine. Lovely greengage intensity and pure bright lines frame the gorgeously textured mid palate. Delicious for drinking now on the young bright fruit - but we were astonished to taste the 2006 and the 2004 alongside with Luigi. 7 years on and these were still delightful. Not surprisingly the colour was showing signs of age, becoming an exotic, beautiful bright gold - not orangey or rusty just a sort of yellow on steroids. On the palate the freshness was surprising, slightly rounded out and smoothly mineral but still centered on bright, bright fruit - extraordinary stuff.
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Luigi Maffini: Full Wine List and Profile
Luigi Maffini's vineyards are on the coast of Campania, south of Naples, across the bay from Positano, and planted with the local grapes, Fiano for the whites and Aglianico for the reds. While the family's first vines were planted in the seventies, the real beginning of this winery dates from 1996. Luigi and his wife Raffaella are both graduates of Naples university in agricultural sciences. Luigi specialised in viticulture and winemaking. Ten years elapsed between our first tasting of his wines and getting Luigi 'on board', but he has now been with L&S since 2009. Raffaella and Luigi run the vineyards organically, and share the land with their two children and three dogs, as well as hares, foxes, hedgehogs, hawks and wild boars, with which they are happy to live in peace. There are now two vineyard sites, at Castellabate and Giungano, so some of the wines are DOC Cilento and some DOC Paestum.
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