From Vine Farmer:
The inimitable wines of Stavros Stoukas and his San Gabriele Arcangelo estate are rugged and wild: speaking of the arid earth from which they were born, and of something singularly beautiful. Stavros is a proud maverick, conjuring intellectual and thought provoking wines from the land like few others do, pulling in those willing to explore. Never attending fairs such as VinItaly, bottling all wine as Sangiovese based Super Tuscans and only releasing wines when they are ready has made Stavros a bit of a figure in Montecucco and abroad. These are real wines from a real artist; as authentically Tuscan as it gets.
The Wine - An introduction to the estate, Kokoras (meaning chicken) is enjoyable upon opening but always benefits from a bit of air. A faithful dinner companion, it's medium bodied with nicely delineated acidic structure and broad, horizontal expansion on the rustic leaning palate. I routinely admire it for having traits of the higher level bottles, yet in more modest proportions that are fitting for an earlier drinking wine. Aromatically, Kokoras features bright cherry alongside sauvage and more wild, earthy aromas.
April 2020 Check In - For an introduction to the estate, Kokoras does have broad shoulders and other signature traits of the higher level bottlings. And it has character in spades! There is a rustic feel to the structure that is especially pleasing with food. The finish is modest overall, not pushing too fat to be something it's not. I enjoy the non-fruit aromas and find them at home in a traditional wine such as this, but they may be new to some. This is a truly authentic expression and is arch-traditional. A decant is recommended for this and all wines from San Gabriele.