Cabernet Sauvignon is a hearty grape that adapts to most climates and conditions. It is fairly easy to cultivate given its late budding (which provides natural protection against spring frost), thick skin (giving it resistance to mold, fungi, etc.), and ability to grow in a variety of soil types.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, tannic wine that often takes a while in the bottle to live up to its full potential in the glass, although “new world” Cabs (think California or Washington) are often more fruit-driven and pleasing to the palate sooner than their “old-world” counterparts. Depending on growing conditions and the style in which Cabernet Sauvignon is made, it can present a number of notes in the glass: dark berries (cherries, currants), oak, cedar, tobacco/cigar box, herbs, earthiness, mint, pepper, cocoa/chocolate, and vanilla to name a few.