1996 is considered a good or "classic" vintage for Barolo, and especially in the hands of a traditional producer like Borgogno it means austere, structured, fairly unapproachable, but having all elements that make it elegant and complex with time, without overly lush fruit. 2006 comes to mind. Older vintages aren't easy to find, but WineChateau.com still has some aged Borgogno.
And of course, no other wine transitions from meat to cheese as smoothly as Barolo!
Kudos to chefs Ash and Dan for awesome cookery! Mangiare bene!