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Proceeds from New Yeast for Pinot Noir to Benefit Local Medical Center

Posted on August 17, 2016

Windsor, CA – 8/17/2016 – On behalf of Bannister Wines, 2.5% of proceeds from the sale of new yeast Enartis Ferm MB15 will be donated to Alliance Medical Center in Healdsburg, CA.

Alliance Medical Center serves the public by offering medical and dental services to members of the community. Originally founded in 1971 to serve farm workers and their families, it has expanded to serve anyone from newborns to the elderly. The center is the safety net for community healthcare. More than half of their patients receive assistance with their healthcare costs and without this facility their only access to care would be expensive emergency room visits. The center emphasizes preventing disease and maintaining the health of patients who have chronic health conditions.

Alliance Medical Center was chosen for the donation by Marty Bannister of Bannister Wines and founder of Vinquiry Wine Laboratory. Regarding her choice, Marty said: “As members of the wine industry, we elected to support this non-profit in appreciation for what they have developed to provide care to an underserved local population and in recognition of their continuing work to provide full services to anyone who needs them.”

José Santos, President and CEO of Enartis USA said: “It is with great satisfaction that we will donate 2.5% of the proceeds from the sale of this new yeast isolate, giving back to the community that is the pillar of the industry”.

About Enartis Ferm MB15:
Enartis Ferm MB 15 is a Pinot noir isolate from Campbell Ranch Vineyard, outside of the town of Annapolis, in the Sonoma Coast Appellation, and is part of the CALIFORNIAN TERROIR collection by Enartis USA.

The geography of Campbell Ranch, surrounded by steep hills and redwood forests and right above the fog line at 1,000 foot elevation, created an ideal environment for a wild yeast to thrive and dominate in the Pinot Noir vineyard.

In 2013, a native fermentation that started in a cold soak in part of Pinot noir that Bannister Wines sourced from Campbell Ranch, produced a wine with great distinctive aromatics. Brook and Marty Bannister speculated that it could be related to the uniqueness of the vineyard and its microflora. In 2014, they decided to collect grape samples from this isolated vineyard environment and ferment them in a sterile environment and provided samples to Enartis to proceed with genetic and enological characterization of the isolates.

The uniqueness of this strain was evident from the beginning, as it was the only genetic profile of Saccharomyces cerevisiae identified throughout the fermentation (it is normal to find several genetic profiles, often more than ten). In addition to the genetic singularity, the “Annapolis yeast,” now branded as Enartis Ferm MB15 as a tribute to the contributions of Marty Bannister to the wine industry, presented excellent enological properties which led Enartis to produce a small batch for the 2015 harvest in active dry form for winery trials.

From Sonoma to Temecula, from Italy to Spain, several wineries trialed this yeast with excellent results and a common comment on its performance: “Great and distinctive aromatics.”

Enartis Ferm MB15 respects varietal character and terroir, while enhancing floral, fruit and spice expressions. It contributes to both excellent complexity and structural enhancement as well as helps with polyphenol extraction and color preservation. Wines produced with Enartis Ferm MB15 are distinguished by bright and dense color, balanced mouthfeel and aromatic finesse.

The CALIFORNIAN TERROIR collection also includes Enartis Ferm WS, Enartis Ferm MB15 and Enartis ML MCW. For more information please visit us at or call us at (707) 838-6312.

About Enartis USA:
Beginning as the pioneering Vinquiry Wine Laboratory in the early days of the modern US wine industry, Enartis USA is now a leading supplier to the North American Wine Industry. In addition to the high-quality analytical services provided by its network of laboratories, Enartis USA is a leading supplier of winemaking products and laboratory supplies.

The ISO 17025:005 Accreditation of our main laboratory verifies the high-quality of analytical services that we provide our clients, which range from basic chemistry testing to most recent techniques such as Real Time Quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), a molecular biology technique for the detection of spoilage microorganisms, and grape and wine phenolic analysis (Phenolic Fingerprint), among many others.

In January of 2009, we became part of the multi-national company Esseco Group, which manufactures the Enartis range of premium winemaking products. Being part of the world leading manufacturer of winemaking products has allowed us to incorporate the technologically advanced Enartis range into our extensive product offerings, as well to develop tailored solutions for the US wine industry. Enartis USA is a leading supplier of winemaking products, with the capability to meet the needs of wineries of all sizes.

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