Maker: Burgdorf’s Winery, Haslett, Michigan, USA
Grape: Pinot Noir (at least 75%)
Place of origin: Michigan (100%)
Purchased for $24 (Michigan by the Bottle, Auburn Hills)
Appearance: Translucent red.
Nose: Blueberry, blackberry, pepper, oak.
Palate: Juicy with very little acid. Blueberry, mulberry, a little oak.
Finish: Tart with a little tannin.
Parting words: Burgdorf’s winery is located to the east of Lansing, Michigan, and not close to any other wineries, at least ones that I’ve heard of. Owners Deborah and David Burgdorf, a microbiologist and an agronomist respectively, began as hobbiests making fruit wine and were so good at it, they opened their commercial winery in 2005. They still call themselves garagistes even though they don’t technically make wine in their garage anymore.
2016 was a hot (which usually =good in Michigan) vintage and the ripeness comes through strongly on the palate, but there’s still enough acid to keep it from going off the rails. I’ve had mixed results with Burgdorf’s varietals in the past, but this Pinot Noir was enjoyable and easy to drink without being too dull. It’s easily worth what I paid for it. Burgdorf’s 2016 Pinot Noir is recommended.