Wine Spectator 97 points - Very rich, with nearly oily texture and ripe, slightly smoky notes of mango, creamed peach, guava and melon. Long and creamy through the finish, with a buried stony minerality that helps stretch it out. There’s more power now, so let this assimilate fully in the cellar. Best from 2010 through 2025. 967 cases made. –JM
(Jul 31 2008)
Wine Advocate 99 points - Nearly perfect, the beautiful 2006 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree offers up sensational aromas of quince, honeyed hazelnuts, white currants, flowers, and a liqueur of crushed rocks. Incredible glycerin as well as zesty acids give this enormously-endowed, thick, massive wine surprising lift and laser-like focus. It should drink well for half a century!