J. Trees Dry Riesling

Maker: J. Trees, Petersburg, Michigan, USA (tasting room in Tecumseh opening March 2014)J Trees Dry Ries

Place of origin: Michigan (Pioneer Wine Trail), USA

Vintage: 2011

ABV: 12%

Price: $15 (website)

Appearance: Pale straw, scant legs.

Nose: Bartlett pear, dried flowers, orange blossom honey.

On the palate: Medium bodied and slightly tart. Tangerine, wildflower honey, lemon thyme, minerals.

Finish: Surprisingly dry. A touch of grapefruit and thyme. Fades slowly.

Parting words: I am a lover of all Michigan wine, but I don’t love every Michigan wine. The wines Michigan’s AVAs tend to be of consistently higher quality than those that just read “Michigan” on the label. The wineries of the Pioneer Wine Trail in Michigan are spread over many miles in Southeast and South Michigan and their vineyards occupy a wide variety of sites. What they have in common is they are more “continental” in climate with hotter summers and colder, drier winters than points west and north. All that said, any wine that simply calls itself “Michigan” can contain grapes grown anywhere in the state.

J. Trees is a fairly new winery, but they are producing like old pros. Their 2011 Dry Riesling wine is well executed and delicious from start to finish. It’s dry enough to pair well with food traditionally matched with white wines (we had ours with cheese tortellini in chicken stock) but complex enough for Saturday afternoon sipping with a good book.

The price is very fair for a wine of this quality and versatility. J. Trees Dry Riesling is recommended.

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  1. #1 by the winegetter on February 19, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Will need to check for it in A2. Thanks for pointing this out!

  2. #2 by Andrea on February 19, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    I typically really like dry rieslings and will have to look for this. I’m familiar with wines from northern MI but didn’t realize that there were also wineries further south.

    • #3 by Josh on February 23, 2014 - 9:19 pm

      Yes, indeed! SW Michigan has the most but SE has quite a few also. Most in the SE make decent table wines but some make some really good stuff like this one!

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