Wine Dine and Play: Ma(i)sonry


The Maisonry winery in Yountville, California down the street from The French Laundry

Yountville, Napa Valley, California USA
Wine Style: New World  / Cabernet
Average Price: $$$
Overall Rating: 91 points
Article Written: July 2017
Article Updated: September 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Wine Dine and Play are in the pages section above, or by following these links:

Château or Vineyard Owner:
Michael Polenske

Aaron Pott

Ma(i)sonry is in a historically restored building and a piece of land owned by the family going back to 1904, one block up from the French-American top 100 in the world restaurant The French Laundry. The founder Michael Polenske includes Ma(i)sonry in his Artisanal Brands collection called Bespoke, which includes the vineyards of  Recuerdo and Blackbird which I wrote an article about two years ago.

A tasting of the Cabernet by Maisonry in Yountville, California, part of the Bespoke Collection
Ma(i)sonry / Wine Tasting

The restored stone building serves as a perfect backdrop for Ma(i)sonry, and as an art, in itself. The design and collective wine-tasting gallery are among a few sights to include the outdoor sculpture garden, that brings a welcoming and warm difference you normally don’t expect to see when doing a wine tasting.

The tasting room stone house in Yountville, California
Ma(i)sonry / Stone House

The vineyard and building are located in Yountville, a world-class culinary destination as mentioned earlier with The French Laundry, plus the winemaking it a tourism destination. Ma(i)sonry also features internationally renowned art and furnishings to go along with the property. Guests are also welcomed to peruse Ma(i)sonry’s galleries seven days a week.

The Bespoke Collection is a production lifestyle brand that goes along with the art and design gallery. Bespoke Collection also has an additional art gallery in St. Helena, California.

The Bespoke Family of wines covers over 20 vineyards in California
Ma(i)sonry / Part of the Bespoke Collection

I was first introduced to this wine just like the Blackbird collection as being a part of the Cult Wine Central Tasting Club, part of the Napa Wine Company (now Ghost Block). They sent me a bottle of their 2009 cabernet sauvignon. 

Composition: 75% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Production: 144 Cases
Optimal Drinking Window: 2015 - 2022

Wine and Grape:
Nose (Bouquet):
Palate Experience:
2009 Cabernet
Winemaker Notes:  

The 2009 Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates distinctive layers of black fruit and spice with incredible weight and balance. The palate delivers luscious flavors of black currant, plum, and coffee framed by supple, velvety tannins which lead to a long finish
Winemaker Notes:
Crafted by the Blackbird Vineyards' winemaking team, this limited-production wine is as richly textured as each of Ma(i)sonry's timeless art and design collections. The hand-selected fruit in this Cabernet Sauvignon was primarily sourced from the Rainin Vineyard where rocky soils of Diamond Mountain produce firm, tannic wines with intense fruit.  

Final notes, review basics, and observations:


Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about.
To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

I refer to myself as an oenophile though, oenophilia is defined as “a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.” In a general sense, oenophilia also refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by a layman — which I am, and not qualified as a professional. I just enjoy drinking it, so my rating is based on enjoyment and the overall experience, not the science of an expert, and thus subjective, not objective. See the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ on how I arrived at the rating percentage below:

Overall Star Rating For Ma(i)sonry:
An Outstanding Tasting Experience
Wines Produced by Ma(i)sonry:
Red: Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo
White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, rosé
Dessert: Sauternes 

Grape Blends:
Marsanne blended with Viognier
Barrel Types and Aging:
New French oak

Wine regulatory’s for the tastings in this article:

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is the strength, in the water there are bacteria.” - David Auerbach

United States: 

Sub-Napa AVA’s:

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Emmolo Wine Tasting A merlot comparable to no other in Rutherford, California
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Cowgirl Creamery Artisan Cheese Shop “aka” Cowgirl Cantina in Point Reyes Station, California
FarmTable Cucina organic, sustainable, and local with a focus on Italian and New American themes in St. Petersburg, Florida
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Fleur de Lys Lavish French-Californian by Hubert Keller in San Francisco, California 
Gaia Restaurant Organic and sustainable concept in American Canyon, California (Renamed Table 29 Bistro and Bar)
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See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary

A Few New World Favorites:
New World wines are those wines produced outside the traditional wine-growing areas of Europe and the Middle East, in particular from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, United States (California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State,Virginia),Thailand, and Uruguay.

Yearly tasting event at Hyde Park
Sydney, Australia
Wine and food tour
Cape Town, South Africa
A tour of food and wine from a 2015 tour in Oregon wine country
Dundee, Willamette, Oregon

Some Old World Favorites:
Old World wine refers primarily to wine made in Europe but can also include other regions of the Mediterranean basin with long histories of winemaking such as North Africa and the Near East. These countries include Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Morocco Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Wine tours and restaurants 
Bordeaux, France

A tasting of the Vougeot AOC, caves, and the Hospices de Beaune
Burgundy, France
Sancerre wines
Loire Valley, France 

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary by country

Bottle Prices 
(excluding taxes)
$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
**Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 

Currency rates in the top wine-producing & wine purchasing countries:
Price Chart :
2007-2014 Cabernet (750 ml)

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Australian Dollar (AUS)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
European Union (EUR)
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South African Rand (ZAR) 

Ma(i)sonry Vineyard:

6711 Washington Street 
Yountville, CA 94599

Tasting Room Information:

Tasting room:
+01 707-944-0889
Tasting Room Hours:
Pacific Standard Time (GMT, Zulu, or UTC-8:00)
Monday - Sunday

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Social Media 
Accolades for 
Ma(i)sonry Wine:
Ma(i)sonry Facebook Link                

The worlds best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.

A few to tease you with…
High-End Japanese Steakhouse
San Francisco, California, USA
Prohibition-themed New American cuisine Restaurant - password required
Tampa, Florida, USA
Bistro w/Southern & Lowcountry cuisine
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Other Ma(i)sonry Pictures:

the property of Maisonry in Yountville, California
Ma(i)sonry / Property

The symbol and art design for the Maisonry wines bottles based in Yountville, California
Ma(i)sonry / Symbol

The tasting table on the Maisonry winery property in Yountville, California near to The French Laundry restaurant.
Ma(i)sonry / Wine Table

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is the strength, in the water there are bacteria.” 
- David Auerbach

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