I just happened to open a bottle of this last night. Since +1 and I were already going to a wine tasting, there was not enough time to pair this with anything.
The cork pulled out easily and was moist. Considering how far this wine traveled, i.e. Spain to Cali to Illinois, this was a good sign. No particular smell emanated from the cork, so another good sign. The color, when viewed over a piece of white paper, revealed a soft burgundy. After a few swirls in the glass, it seemed like the wine clung to the top and the legs were not readily evident. Initial flavors were a little strawberry, a little cherry, some licorice and something smokey, maybe oak. Next stop, get the venturi. This really smoothed out the flavors. Now I could taste a little plum and Earl Grey tea. I let it rest for an hour and revisited. Most of the flavors were the same, plus a little dark chocolate. The finish was dry and not tart.
In all, this is a pleasant drinking syrah. Nothing harsh or peppery. No bitter finish. It's not an overly fruity wine. After seeing the price today (<$14), it seems like it is appropriately priced. For the money, it is a good value, but not an outstanding QPR. It will appeal to a wide range of wine drinkers. You would be ok drinking this as an everyday wine or serving it to your friends.