Could you elaborate a little as to your opinion of Cucinelli as it seems to be the gold standard on SF
The last several Cucinellis I've seen or owned in recent years have been excellent, but in the Italian style: a very soft hand, slightly looser knit than Scottish cashmere, and excellent quality fiber (i.e. no shedding or pilling problems). The sweaters don't last a lifetime like traditional Scottish cashmeres, but you can easily get 5-10 years out of them without signs of wear.
A few Italian houses (Borrelli, Biagiotti etc) produce cashmere sweaters on an occasional basis, and when they do the sweaters are also top-notch.