Now I know 98 wasn't the best year for Ca Cabs, including Montelena, but this is a price that really jumped out at me. Parker gave it 93pts and I think WS gave it 88 or 89pts. I havn't had this vintage yet but I did buy a bottle at this price over the weekend and threw it in the cellar. Has anyone had is recently to give me a recommendation on whether it's worth grabbing more (they told me Sat they had a couple cases left).
It's at a high end private grocer in Monterey County. If anyone is interested, post a note with your email and I'll be happy to send specifics. They don't sell via internet but they'd probably ship.
As for Montelena, it seems to me that I see more disparity with regards to the price of their Estate Cab than any other wine out there. I've now had the 97 (very highly rated) at two different country clubs in very nice restaurant settings for around $75. Local wine shops sell the 99 for upwards of $125. I've seen restaurants sell the stuff for $250 on their wine list. I realize different vintages set their own market but there never seems to be any consistency even within the same vintage of this stuff. Anyone else notice this?