2016 Fiano Luigi Maffini
After tasting Kratos this is arresting. More fragrant, with thicker, denser fruit wallop. Crisp white peach flesh and quince, and a gorgeous white floral hit too. Bright, zesty, juicy ripeness, stone fruits, well judged grip to this lively textured Fiano -impressive stuff with great length. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 L&S (Apr 2018)
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Golden yellow. Sweet spice, potpourri and sweet oaky caramel and vanilla on the nose and in the mouth. Finishes rich and creamy, if just a touch diffuse on the long back end. Still, I think this is a little denser and more concentrated than the Kratos in this vintage (I almost always like the Kratos more, but not in 2016). Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 91-91 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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