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