Nice notes, Lutz. I am not sure we realize the riches we have in Piedmont currently. Generally two great vintages are the exception, occasionally you may get three (1988-1990 comes to mind) but never have I seen anything like the run we have had between 1995 and 2001. And 1996 may be the finest vintage I have seen since I started following wine.
I recently organized a 1978 tasting and the wines were still showing relatively young, with not one wine over the hill.