My vote goes to the Riserva as the wine of the evening. The thing that always shines in truly great wines is impeccable balance... Giacosa defines gorgeous aromatics, refined tannins and pure fruit. Drinking extremely well now.
The Mascarello is still young at this stage of the game, yet paired wondrously with the delicious Gigantone short rib Bolognese that I had for dinner. A more structured wine with alluring sottobosco... the last of it went way too soon!
We enjoyed an Egly-Ouriet Les Crayeres NV, disgorged in 2010 I believe, as a prelude. (Thanks, Marius, for the recommendation!)... A great Champagne that is 100% pinot noir ... paired beautifully with rock shrimp tempura.
A delightful conclusion to a weekend in NYC for Janet and I ... thank you Ignatius and Carolyn for your hospitality!