The 2002 Aresan Cronos shows a clear, red-purple color with violet reflections. Red and black fruit notes are prominent on the very elegant and complex nose, with well-integrated, smoky tannins that emphasize the spicey aromas of clove, nutmeg and cedar. The taste is potent and flavorful, with noble tannins that enhance and extend on the palate to a long, balsamic finish.
Serving hints: Serve at room temperature as a great accompaniment to red meat, game and stew.
All Aresan red and white wines are "signature wines" made only with estate-owned grapes, which is necessary to ensure the high quality demand of the family (their son, Aurelio Arenas Sanchez, Jr., is the chief winemaker), and also necessary to secure a DOC designation (Vino de Pago, which is pending).
In 2004, the doors opened to a state-of-the-art winery, which is dominated by a beautiful, rustic building that is the visitor's center and the wine cellar - made of the finest wood, stone, brick, wrought iron and glass. It is an architectural representation of the personality of Bodegas Aresan - sophisticated and charming, and true to the region's personality and quality.
Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.