The Wien Spectator Challenge Results

Dec 10, 1999

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The Wine Spectator Challenge Results

Three out of 5,100 get perfect score

The Wine Spectator Challenge was a great success; we received more than 5,100 entries over a four-day period. Thanks very much to all of you who played. We hope you enjoyed it, and if you didn't win, we hope you'll try again next time.

Only three entrants got a perfect score, selecting the Top 5 wines in the correct order. A total of just six entrants were able to guess our Top 5 wines in any order. In fact, only 79 entries managed to get four wines out of the Top 5 in any order. Check out our list of these few who came very, very close.

The winner of our runoff for the first annual Wine Spectator Challenge is Brian Bohr, 26, who works in the finance department at News Corporation in New York, NY. For his efforts, Brian will receive an entire case of Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1996 -- our Number One wine of 1999.

To read more about all of the Wine Spectator Challenge winners, see our Challenge Winners page. You can also read the Challenge as it originally stood.

And in case you don't know yet, here are the Top 5 wines of 1999 as chosen by Wine Spectator.

Wine Spectator's Top 5 Wines of 1999

  1. Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1996 (95 points, $28, 11,300 cases)
  2. Opus One Napa Valley 1996 (96 points, $125, 30,000 cases)
  3. Isole e Olena Toscana Cepparello 1997 (96 points, $38, 3,900 cases)
  4. Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Valley Durell Vineyard 1996 (95 points, $45, 2,847 cases)
  5. Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley 1996 (96 points, $55, 3,900 cases)

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Just for fun, we took all the Challenge entries we received and did a little number crunching. Here are some breakdowns of how our users voted:

Top 5 in total number of votes received

  1. Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1996 (2,634 votes)
  2. Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1996 (2,307 votes)
  3. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 1995 (2,305 votes)
  4. Château Latour Pauillac 1996 (2,149 votes)
  5. Argiano Toscana Solengo 1997 (1,887 votes)

Top 5 in number of votes for the Number One position

  1. Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1996 (1,196 votes)
  2. Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1996 (645 votes)
  3. Argiano Toscana Solengo 1997 (446 votes)
  4. Château Margaux Margaux 1996 (416 votes)
  5. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 1995 (354 votes)

Here's a listing of all the wines, with the total number of votes each received and their number of votes for Number One:

Wine Total Votes \#1 Votes
Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1996 2634 1196
Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1996 2307 645
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 1995 2305 354
Château Latour Pauillac 1996 2149 298
Argiano Toscana Solengo 1997 1887 446
Opus One Napa Valley 1996 1646 305
Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1996 1640 350
Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Valley Durell Vineyard 1996 1362 76
Château Margaux Margaux 1996 1227 416
Penfolds Shiraz South Australia Grange 1994 1206 195
Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vielles Vignes 1996 1138 140
Beringer Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve 1997 1018 75
Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley 1996 1003 110
Isole e Olena Toscana Cepparello 1997 946 89
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1996 835 155
Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Gravelly Meadow 1997 798 124
Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve 1996 460 50
Pride Merlot Napa Valley 1997 337 33
Talbott Chardonnay Monterey Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 1996 315 40
Kumeu River Chardonnay Kumeu Maté's Vineyard 1997 291 31

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