I can't believe I haven't posted on this thread until now...
While it was not the '88 vintage, I must agree with Rhone Warrior in spirit...the '95 Quinterelli Amarone is, without question, the best Italian I had this past year, or any other.
A few others I need to mention:
1999 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri
2000 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri
1998 Pira Marenca Barolo
1997 Ucelliera Brunello di Montalcino
All of these were absolutely fantastic, though all were also quite young.