2003 was a HOT vintage in Germany...sometimes it just mesmerized the grapes...but made by a good grower..it is an experience. The secret was to keep some sort of balance..and not let the heat dominate.
Knipser Großkarlbacher Burgweg Spätburgunder
Auslese Trocken 2003
Lots of smoke at first..then ripe fruit..raspberries...quite a full mouthful..
with lots of sweet fruit..and a nice tang of tannin..and good acidity holds this together.
One should not 'generalise' vintages..as it depends very much on the 'man behind the wheel'..but someone wrote recently..that they had tasted wines from 2004 that didn't appeal...I can identify with that...however..the vintage may show better with age.
2003 was very good indeed..if..as I stated above..the grower got it right.
2005 is the one...nearly every wine I have tasted has been VERY drinkable young..and many will develope over the next few years....buy them...then join me in the cellar as we secretly sniff our drug.