Gakuyuini is a cooperative society from the Kirinyaga growing distritct, one I have cupped at least 4 times previous in the AA flatbean form in previous weekly Kenya auctions, and never bid on. I see from my notes, the best lot I cupped was in '04, which received and 87.3 for raisin and winey notes. But since then it hasn't broken 85, even in lot 408 AA from early this year. But this peberry was a different beast. Complex, intense, bright (of course). I was cupping with the stuptown boys that week, and we went ape for this lot, put in a huge bid to assure winning it, and split it down the middle (so you might be able to get this in roasted form from the our Northern friends). The winey character to the fruit in this coffee is true to the Kirinyaga cup profile. The dry fragrance only has a whiff of it; mainly I get bittersweet coffee notes from the City+ roast, intense chocolate and a bit of caramel sweetness too. It's difficult to read the aromatics. Add hot water and you sense that there's a complex knot of smells that are difficult to unravel; fruited, woody, raisiny, even humus. It smells a little like a vineyard. Breaking the crust on the cup reveals some red wine and clovey spice. In the cup it is winey, darkly and complexly sweet (meaning that the sweetness emerges among other flavors over time). It has dried black currant, berry, raisin, wood. As it cools the black current turns to blackberry. It's no Beaujolias; it's a Burgundy. The acidity is certainly apparent, but set back into the cup flavors, making this a moderately bright cup compared to other Kenyas. This is perhaps as "noir" as a Kenya gets.