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 - Compared to Kokoras, Pavone (meaning peacock) shows more pronounced leather, pungent earth, and strikingly aromatic dried cherry aromas. It certainly struts a bit more compared to Kokoras but is still not a showy wine, in the context of the modern, plush, and easy wines that are common today from Tuscany. Pavone is more about an upright, strict character that slowly emerges over time. Pavone is also an unyielding wine of depth and power - best enjoyed at cellar temperature with a good decant. Pavone also rewards at least 5-10 years of extended aging. In years deemed not best suited to the Cuccuvaia bottling, all Cuccuvaia fruit is used for Pavone.