I made a pot roast the other night that called for 1/2 bottle of Syrah. Since that meant that I would be drinking the other half, but on the other hand of course cooking with one half, I did not want to go to cheap but not to expensive either. The 2005 Qupe Central Coast Syrah fit the bill. Qupe makes good quality wine even at their entry level bottles. Owner and winemaker Bob Lindquist shares a winery, located at Bien Nacido Vineyards, with Jim Clendenen, his mentor and long time friend, of Au Bon Climat.
The wine showed dark red and purple color in the glass. Ripe fruit with spices/herbs on the nose, and ripe, dark, fruit, raspberries and cherries on the palate, with tannins supporting a medium length finish.
This is a non-heavy, very easy-drinking, everyday Syrah that you sip without having to put to much analyzing and thought into it.
Find it strait from the winery at http://www.qupe.com/ for $16.50, or save some dough ordering it from http://www.winezap.com/ (from $12.98).
The pot roast turned out great by the way...