Imaging Resource has the RAW version of the images posted above. I updated NX 2 this morning to 2.2.6 and pulled down a sampling of the images.
I have to say, and this means eating my earlier words, that the D7000 is pretty impressive. Definitely a step above the D300 family and even the D90 with its enhanced sensor.
What is interesting with the RAW images is being able to tweak the noise profiles and sharpening.
I can't post what I did, since the images belong to Imaging Resource, but one can do this themselves if they update to NX2 2.2.6.
The images I posted the links to at the beginning of this thread have much higher chroma noise than I see in the RAW version/NX2, (I turned off any form of noise reduction to view). I think this gets back to Nikon knowing their sensor better than anyone else.