2008 Beaver Creek “Fairytale”

Lake County, CA
41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, 14% Merlot; 14.6% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 30 Oct

2008_BeaverCreek_FairytaleAfter the two previous Beaver Creek wines that have shown up at the GO, I jumped on this bottle.  Although the price has risen with each bottle — $5 for the 2008 Zinfandel and $6 for the 2007 “Mystery” — this is still good wine for the money.

It actually reminded me a lot of the Mystery, also a blend of the same grapes, but it clearly reflected its different composition, dominated by Syrah and Cabernet rather than by Merlot.  Unlike the Mystery, the Fairytale definitely benefited from about an hour of air (in the bottle after the wine was below the bottle shoulder).  It started out very tangy and rough, but smoothed out very nicely, becoming less tangy, and more elegant, rich and ripe.  It showed flavors of tangy dark plum, boysenberry, blackcurrant / blueberry, chocolate, dark red cherry, and hibiscus.  As the wine continued to air, however, the richness and complexity declined somewhat, and the wine became acid enough that it would probably be better with food.  It also showed more of raisin and light candied cherry components.  So, while it has more stuffing and complexity than the Mystery, the Fairytale seems to be less well balanced.  I didn’t save a small bottle of this for later, but a little left in a glass on the dinner table was not bad the next day, so it would probably be okay the next day if stored more carefully.


9 thoughts on “2008 Beaver Creek “Fairytale”

  1. qdesi

    The Richmond store (San Pablo Ave) has the Napa County blend (41% Merlot, 36% Zinfandel, 23% Syrah) in stock again. Opened a bottle last night. Yummy. Picked up 2 cases this morning. They have 8 more (6 sealed, 2 open)

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi qdesi and welcome! I think that pile of the Napa County blend has just never left and is only slowly being whittled down. I drank a bottle (well, not the whole bottle myself) but then lost my notes. I agree that, while lighter-bodied than the Lake County version (not saying much), it’s just as tasty and nicely complex. I think if you’ve liked other Beaver Creek wines, you’ll like this one, too.

  2. BargainWhine Post author

    The Berkeley and Richmond stores both got a lot of the 2008 Beaver Creek Fairytale. I didn’t check the Richmond store bottles, but interestingly the Berkeley bottles listed the grape percentages as 41% Merlot, 36% Zinfandel, 23% Syrah, and have a Napa County designation, different from the wine reviewed above. If anyone here tries the new version, please let us know what you think of it.

  3. GOWineLover

    Concord got plenty of this, at least when I was there Wednesday. They had at least 4 cases. I think that the low 82 point Wine Enthusiast score may have kept people away. I bought one bottle due to good past experience with the label but even given the questionable usefulness of scoring, an 82 is generally something I wouldn’t be happy with even at $6.40.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi GOWL. That 82 score for this wine beats me. I recently had the chance to taste a bottle of this that had been open for a few days (with cork in it), and it was still very tasty but more integrated and balanced than the bottle I drank. Let us know what you think when you open that bottle.

      1. GOWineLover

        Following up here. Just had it last night with lamb shank, mash and sauteed spinach. I thought the wine was quite good, if a bit thin, and am in agreement with your review. I’ve liked the Beaver Creek stuff that has shown up. The fact that they are biodynamic, sustainable and organic makes it all the better.


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