Hello, and thanks for the input! All good suggestions.
I have determined that most if not all of the "problem" is attributable to the import settings in Lightroom. By default Lightroom uses "Adobe Standard" as the camera calibration profile for the D700. Changing that to "Camera Standard" (as per a suggestion on Adobe Lightroom Forums) provides a much better image. That makes me happy as I have a Lightroom catalog of almost 50,000 images and will not migrate to another software program on account of a camera. A shame that Nikon will not allow the user the choice of an open RAW format like DNG (as Leica does).