I paid extra attention to 2008 Barolos that have been getting a fair share of critical acclaim lately and are just becoming available in the market. I was not disappointed. Renato Ratti Barolo "Marcenasco" 2008 was the wine of the tasting for me. Vietti's entry-level Barolo Castiglione was also very good. I found both of these wines deep, full, and revealing enough (beyond tannins) to appreciate them even now.
Honorable mention goes to Donato's porchetta (shown on the plate in front of the Renato Ratti above) - the crispy skin is to die for.
Another notable showing was by the 1995 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia" - somehow these venerable old bottles have shown up direct from the winery this year. The wine is tasting great right now, revealing lots of secondary flavors, at a perfect point of maturity. Get it for near-term enjoyment.