Tracy and Barry Schuler, Owners
Dawnine and Bill Dyer, Winemakers
Mike Wolf, Vineyard Manager
Meteor Vineyard is a spectacular property in the Coombsville AVA owned by Tracy and Barry Schuler since the late 1990's. In 1999, through the help of famed vineyard manager Mike Wolf (also in charge of the vineyards of Scarecrow and Cakebread), the Schulers planted 22 acres to Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/2 acre to Petit Verdot. The organically-farmed vineyard sits at 500 feet elevation, on a knoll of dry, mineral-rich volcanic soils, with some marine sediment and diatomaceous soil found throughout several areas of the vineyard.
Three different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon are planted throughout the vineyard. Heritage clones 4 and 7 make up the heart of the property, and in vintages where a Special Family Reserve is bottled, clone 7, planted on St. George rootstock, forms the framework of that wine. Bordeaux clone 337 makes up the balance of the vineyard.
Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2015 harvest on the shaker table
Winemakers Dawnine and Bill Dyer have a long and celebrated history of winemaking in Napa Valley, and also co-own Dyer Vineyard on Diamond Mountain. Dawnine Dyer is most recognized for being one of the first women winemakers in charge of winemaking at a major winery, Domaine Carneros, where she spent 25 years overseeing the winemaking from its early years to a 400,000 case production powerhouse. She also worked on developing other winemaking projects for Domaine Chandon and its parent French company Moet & Chandon in Australia and Argentina. Bill Dyer is best known for his 20 years as the head winemaker at Sterling Vineyards, and for spearheading one of the first single-vineyard wine programs in Napa Valley: producing wines from the Three Palms Vineyard, Winery Lake and Diamond Mountain. Since 1996, he has consulted for many wineries, including Frogs' Leap Winery and Miramar Torres Estate.
Production of Meteor Vineyard is quite small, usually under 1,000 cases annually depending on the vintage. The Schulers sell approximately 75% of the grapes harvested each year to a noted group of clients, including Arietta, Etude, Favia, Lail and Vineyard 29.