ABROSTINE, red wine grape classified as a teinturier (‘tintori’ in Italian). It has ancient origins and is native to Tuscany where it was first described in the 15th-century. It is also referred to as Abrostolo. One theory is it is identical to to the Abrusco variety but there is no agreement on this. Abrostine is usually used in blends (for its colour), but can also work as a stand-alone red (which is unusual for teinturiers who often provide colour and little else). The wine is creamy but light-bodied. Typical flavours include vanilla, black pepper, juniper, dried prune, dark cherry, underbrush, tobacco.
See Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014), p.xiv-xv.
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p151.