Thanks for the pointer. I checked out the article and was a bit puzzled with the discussion on sharpening or lack of sharpness. I took the only sample image in the article that showed significant detail, the fall-scene at ISO100, and applied some unsharp mask in CS5. The image is (blistering) sharp. The reviewer indicated the images were from a RAW file and in my workflow, that means the sharpening is an operator choice.
This seems to me to be very basic, just a post processing choice.
This could be a case of the reviewer applying a standard workflow from another sensor to the D7000 and just not taking the extra step to tune it for the D7000.