The Best ZinfandelI am always excited to taste through a new crop of Zinfandel. Year in and year out, these wines are some of my favorite wines coming from California. When they're on, they explode from the glass with wonderfully aromatic notes of black cherry and blackberry fruit, briary wood tones, and complex spice notes. These are generally big wines -- there's no doubt about that, but they are so distinctive they can excite even a Europhile's palate. Here's a top 10 from our recent tasting of Zinfandel.