Wine Review: 2008 Daemone – Mamertino Rosso DOC

The World Cup has kept me a bit busy these days but after Italy’s heavy loss yesterday it is better not to talk about football.. Today’s post is about an Italian DOC from Northern Sicily called Mamertino. In particular we will take a closer look at the Mamertino Rosso from Daemone.

Mamertino di Milazzo

Mamertino di Milazzo, most of the time simply called Mamertino, is a an Italian DOC that is centered around the costal town of Milazzo about 30 km west of Messina. Both red and white wines are produced with autochthonous grape varieties. The red wines are a blend of mostly Nero d’Avola and a little bit Nocera whereas the white ones are made mainly with Grillo and Inzolia. Mamertino exists in many different styles – everything from dry to very sweet.

The name is a reference to the “Mamertini” (Mamertines in English) who were a group of mercenaries that were hired by the King of Syracuse and who fought in the First Punic War and conquered most of Northern Sicily.

Tasting Notes: 2008 Daemone Mamertino Rosso DOC

Daemone is a relatively young winery that was founded in 2000 but some of their vines are much older. The winery is located on the famous Strada del Vino di Messina (Messina Wine Route). Next to six red wines Daemone also produces fine olive oil and grappa.

2008 Daemone- Mamertino Rosso DOCThe Daemone Mamertino Rosso is a blend of 60% Nero d’Avola, 10% Nocera and 30% other local grape varieties. The grapes get harvest at the end of September and after a fermentation in stainless steel tanks the wine aged six months in oak.

Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly 45 minutes and I served it slightly chilled.

In the glass Mamertino Rosso had an intense ruby red color. 13.5% was the label listed ABV.

The nose was composed of aromas of raspberry jam, vanilla, cinnamon and cherries.

On the palate the wine was dry, slightly mineralic and warm. Full-bodied with pleasing tannins and of good balance. Very fruity with notes of red cherries and marasca liquor. Long-lasting finale.

4 / 5 stars      

A bottle of Daemone Mamertino retails in Munich for under €15. Very good quality-price-ratio. I opened this wine at a BBQ dinner. The wine paired well with grilled meat and was enjoyed by all. Looking forward to drink this wine again.

Sicilian wines have improved in quality over the last decade. There are dozens of small producers that make excellent wine – the difficulty is to find these often unknown wines. Especially near Mount Etna and in the North of Sicily the average quality of red wines is impressive.

That’s all for today. Cheers!


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8 comments on “Wine Review: 2008 Daemone – Mamertino Rosso DOC”

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      The wine is excellent. I stumbled over it in Munich but I’ve never heard of the producer before so I thought I give it a try – I like tasting new wines 🙂
      Cheers!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Jeff,
      Blending Nero d’Avola is common, yes. The most famous Nero d’Avola blend is Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG – a blend of Nero with Frappato. It’s Sicily’s first and only DOCG wine. If you want to try one then I recommend the Planeta Cerasuolo Dorilli.
      Some wineries began experimenting with Nero d’Avola Cabernet blends. Donnafugata produces an interesting one called Tancredi.

  1. Andy Andy Reply

    I wasn’t familiar with this DOC appellation so this was a good read for me. I googled the wine and it seems to be available primarily in Italy.. Would love to try a Nero blend – I don’t remember trying one before.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Andy,
      Daemone is a small producer so it’s not a surprise that their wines are hard to find abroad. However, Nero d’Avola blends are also available outside of Italy. Look for the Planeta Cerasuolo Dorilli if you want to try a Nero d’Avola blend.
      Cheers!

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