2016 Aglianico Luigi Maffini
Blueberry and boysenberry fruits, really quite perfumed delivery. The palate is saturated with gorgeous black fruit, sleek and mobile in the mouth, juicy, bold and beautifully balanced. L&S (Apr 2019)
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Deep crimson. Blueberry and damson sweetness on the nose. Wonderful chewy tannins, big and bold but not astringent. The power is lifted by a rocky/mineral dry finesse. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(May 2019)
Moderately saturated ruby. Perfumed strawberry and red cherry on the knockout nose. Then impeccable acid/fruit/tannin balance, with a smooth mouthfeel and rich, dense but juicy red fruit and inky flavors. Finishes long and suave. One of the best, if not the best, Klèos I have memory of. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 93-93 Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com(Nov 2018)
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.
You can read more about the estate on Sarah Marsh's blog 'The English Nose'
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