2020 Aglianico Luigi Maffini

Grapes Aglianico
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Campania
Other Certified Organic
ABV 15%

The 2020 Cenito entices, blending complex depths of dark red fruit, cinnamon and clove with earth tones, mint, chalk dust and camphor. It’s seamlessly smooth and elegant, with ripe wild berry fruits that flow across a core of brisk acidity as a tinge of sour citrus adds tension toward the close. This finishes structured and long, with fine-grained tannins and sour plum and violet inner floral notes. This is Cilento Aglianico at its best. The 2020 is deceptively approachable and suave yet mounts with tension after each passing sip. Patience is required. Drinking range: 2026 - 2036 Rating: 94 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Apr 2023)

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Plum and blackberry fruits, just a touch of woodland, cedar, earth and a hint of balsamic. In the mouth this is rich and saturated with fine tannins, bold acid lift, layered black fruit, cherry and plum, then some earthiness, cedar and chocolate.L&S (Mar 2023)

Certified organic. Vineyard one mile from the sea. Planted in the 1970s. 10–12 months in French oak, part new, part used. Very dark with a black core. Darker and less immediately fruity than the Kleos but still black-fruited and tangy. Chewy yet not aggressive tannins and lovely fruit purity and freshness on the palate. It's a big wine. The alcohol does not intrude, even though there is some warmth on the mid palate. (JH) 15% Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2023)

Luigi Maffini

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 boar, 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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