So I just received the camera back from Nikon. Nice to live 15 miles away. They did find a meter issue and re-calibrated it. I have only shot a few photos and so far it looks better. Will do a more detailed analysis over the next few days
Also they also found an issue with the focus in the body as well as in the lens. They actually replaced the lens motor.
A little upsetting as the camera and lens are only 6 months old.
If you are under warranty you may want to send it in for an evaluation