Rex-Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster Cabernet Sauvignon, $4.50-$8.00, 84 points, was labeled at 13.5% alcohol, and poured a light ruby color. This Cab. is similar to Bare-foot or most mediocre California Cabernets. Rex was fruit-forward with diesel hints and unripe plum; unlike Rex whites which I liked, I found this Cab. to be almost undrinkable for me (Give me Welch's). The thing I appreciated the most about this Cab. is the aroma which pleasantly displayed grape-coffee hints.
Peneley Estate Phoenix Coonawarra 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.00-$26.00, 86 points, 15% alcohol, is deep magenta with orange flashes, aroma is alcohol, cedar, and bright toasty plum, with mocha hints, the flavor on a light body is reminiscent of the aroma with licorice.
Stonehedge Napa Valley Reserve 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.49-$24.99, 86+ points, 14.3% alcohol, is a prime example of just how "Reserve" can be "meaningless" when weighing relative quality; I'm glad I didn't pay the higher price, and as I've found better Cabernets for $10.00, I was a bit disappointed even at the lower price.
This wine is magenta in color, the aroma is black fruit with hints of tobacco on plum (Quite nice), the flavor is black currant with a smooth licorice.